Wheezing Most Troublesome to Adult Asthmatics

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) Mar 13 – Wheezing appears to be the symptom that causes the most distress in relatively young adults with asthma, according to Australian researchers.
In fact, senior investigator Dr. Michael Abramson told Reuters Health "that wheezing had a more adverse impact on quality of life than did more elaborate definitions of asthma which included 'objective' measurements of lung function."

Dr. Abramson and colleagues at Monash University, Prahan, conducted a study of 426 adults with a mean age of about 40 years. Of these, 28.2% reported doctor-diagnosed asthma and 41.5% reported having wheezed in the previous year.

The subject underwent lung function testing and completed respiratory and quality-of-life questionnaires. The findings appeared in the February issue of Thorax.

Analysis showed that physical and mental component summary scores were "significantly worse" in those who had wheezed in the previous year compared with those who had not. In subjects with current asthma, only the mental component score was significantly worse than in those without current asthma

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