People 50 and older who have had recent asthma activity appear to be at an increased risk of abdominal aortic aneurysm, a new study suggests.

An abdominal aortic aneurysm is a weak spot in the body’s main artery, the aorta, where it passes through the abdomen. That weak spot can rupture, causing massive bleeding. The researchers also found that people with recent asthma activity were more likely to have an aneurysm rupture compared to those without recent asthma activity.

“People with abdominal aortic aneurysm who were diagnosed with asthma within the past year had more than a 50 percent greater risk of ruptured aneurysms than those without asthma,” said lead researcher Guo-Ping Shi, from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

Men diagnosed with asthma within the preceding six months were twice as likely to have an aortic aneurysm rupture, Shi said, adding that the risk was much lower among women.

Read on http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=193646.

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