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India accounts for over 42% of all global asthma deaths: Study

By, Lucknow
May 20, 2022 10:14 PM IST

Global Burden of Disease (GBD) study has estimated that India has over 30 million asthma patients and 70% of patients with asthma remain undiagnosed

The Global Burden of Disease (GBD) study has estimated that India is home to over 30 million asthmatics, accounting for 13.09% of the global burden. When it comes to mortality, India accounts for over 42% of all global asthma deaths, said Dr Rahul Rathore, pulmonologist, Charak Hospital, in a press statement on Friday.

Asthma is a chronic respiratory disease that causes difficulty in breathing, chest pain, cough, and wheezing. The disease affects the airways of the lungs, causing chronic inflammation. (Pic for representation)
Asthma is a chronic respiratory disease that causes difficulty in breathing, chest pain, cough, and wheezing. The disease affects the airways of the lungs, causing chronic inflammation. (Pic for representation)

“Population-based studies done globally, have estimated that 20% to 70% of patients with asthma remain undiagnosed and hence untreated,” he said.

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The various contributory factors for under-diagnosis and under-treated asthma include lack of awareness, poor adherence to inhalation therapy, illiteracy, and social stigma. The patients often overlook early symptoms which eventually lands them in a more critical condition.

“According to the Global Asthma Network (GAN) study, 82% of patients with early symptoms and 70% of patients with severe asthma remain undiagnosed in India,” he said.

Asthma is a chronic respiratory disease that causes difficulty in breathing, chest pain, cough, and wheezing. The disease affects the airways of the lungs, causing chronic inflammation.

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