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Asthma Pathophysiology Dr. Venkatesh M. Shashidhar. Senior Lecturer in Pathology Fiji School of Medicine
Chronic Inflammatory disorder of bronchi characterized by Episodic , reversible bronchospasm resulting from an exaggerated bronchoconstrictor response to various stimuli ( allergy )
Affects 10% of children & 5%-7% adults
Highest in NZ, Low in Fiji ~ 1%
Asthma Facts ?
Asthma is “all in the mind.”
You will “grow out of it.”
Asthma can be cured,
Not very serious disease and nobody dies from it.
You are likely to develop asthma if someone in your family has it.
You can “catch” asthma from someone else who has it.
Moving to a different location can cure asthma.
People with asthma should not exercise.
Asthma does not require medical treatment.
Medications used to treat asthma are habit-forming.
Someone with asthma can provoke episodes anytime.
Asthma can spread to other persons through caughing.
Asthma is born with you. Familial/genetic.
Percent Change in Age-Adjusted Death Rates, U.S., 1965-1998 0 0.5 1.0 1.5 2.0 2.5 3.0 Proportion of 1965 Rate 1965 - 1998 1965 - 1998 1965 - 1998 1965 - 1998 1965 - 1998 – 59% – 64% – 35% +163% – 7% Coronary Heart Disease Stroke Other CVD COPD All Other Causes