While many people suffer from asthma their entire lives, it sometimes doesn't develop until a person is 50 or older. Older women should be especially alert to the symptoms.
The American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology in Arlington Heights, Illinois, notes that the death rate from asthma is nearly four times higher among women 65 and older than other groups. The organization says many older women with asthma also have other health problems, but their "asthma takes a backseat to other conditions." While there is no cure for asthma, there are treatments available. Often those with asthma don't get proper treatment.
Among asthma's most common symptoms: coughing or wheezing, typically at night, or after exercise or laughing; trouble breathing; and feeling of tightness in the chest.
For more information from the American Lung Association, go to nwsdy.li/asthma.