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Asthma: facts and figures

Asthma: facts and figures

So far this week we’ve discussed advanced screening and the future of asthma treatment. Join us today as we’ll be talking facts and figures

Posted: 13 May 2016

If you’ve missed yesterday’s episode of this week’s feature on asthma, click here.

Writer: Saša Jankovic

Genetic screening for asthma could help prevent attacks, but we are not quite there yet.

Asthma is a long-term condition that can be well managed with regular medication. In some patients it is a very serious condition which, if not treated properly, can lead to asthma attacks that can be life threatening. However, with the right medicines taken at the right time according to a treatment plan, many patients are able to live a life without symptoms.

Asthma stats

• 5.4 million people in the UK are currently receiving treatment for asthma: 1.1 million children (1 in 11) and 4.3 million adults (1 in 12)
• Asthma prevalence is thought to have plateaued since the late 1990s, although the UK still has some of the highest rates in Europe and on average three people a day die from asthma
• In 2014 (the most recent data available), 1216 people died from asthma
• The NHS spends around £1 billion a year treating and caring for people with asthma
• On average, there are three children with asthma in every classroom in the UK
• The UK has among the highest prevalence rates of asthma symptoms in children worldwide
• Asthma attacks hospitalise someone every eight minutes; 185 people are admitted to hospital because of asthma attacks every day in the UK
• A child is admitted to hospital every 20 minutes because of an asthma attack.

Source: https://www.asthma.org.uk/about/media/facts-and-statistics/

To keep up to date with the latest developments and to receive updates on how Asthma UK is working with healthcare professionals to improve asthma care visit: www.asthma.org.uk/professionals/sign-up or call Asthma UK's Helpline on 0300 222 5800 to speak to the charity's expert asthma nurses who are here to support healthcare professionals.