Asthma linked to abdominal aortic aneurysm for first time

PATIENTS older than 50 who are newly diagnosed with asthma should be checked for signs of an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA), researchers say.

This follows a large observational study that, for the first time, links the two conditions.

The Danish population-based study, involving more than 34,000 people, has found those who had been diagnosed with asthma in the past six months were twice as likely to have a ruptured AAA than those without asthma.

“Older patients, especially men, with a recent asthma diagnosis should be checked