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Asthma sufferers 'considerably underestimate' risk of attack

Over a third of people with asthma are at a high risk of a potentially fatal asthma attack, it is suggested.

Data from Asthma UK shows asthma sufferers "considerably underestimate" their risk of having an attack.

Over half (55%) of the people who took the charity's Triple A Test did not think they were at an increased risk of an asthma attack when in fact the vast majority (93%) were deemed to be at a heightened risk.

"It's extremely worrying that many people with asthma do not realise their own risk of ending up in hospital," said Neil Churchill, Chief Executive of Asthma UK.

"As up to 75% of emergency hospital admissions are preventable with better management and support it's vitally important people understand their asthma and crucial that they are supported by healthcare professionals who can help them to reduce their risk."

The Triple A Test aims to help people with asthma find out their risk of having an asthma attack and advise them what they can do to reduce it. It asks questions about factors which have all been independently linked to an increased or highly increased risk of an asthma attack.

Six-weeks following the test, it is claimed 36% knew more about avoiding their asthma triggers, 42% were more informed about when to take their medicines and 37% said they knew what to do if their symptoms get worse.