Coping with asthma attack

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Readers may have been shocked to hear of the death of Stuart Baggs, former star of The Apprentice, to an asthma attack at the age of 27.

Our thoughts are with his family and friends.

Many people don’t realise how serious asthma is.

Every 10 seconds someone in the UK is having a potentially life-threatening asthma attack, and three people die from asthma every day.

I can’t stress enough how important it is that the one in 11 people with asthma in the UK recognise the early warning signs of an asthma attack and know what to do.

Every person with asthma should have a written asthma action plan which helps them deal with worsening symptoms.

Without one, people are four times more likely to be admitted to hospital for their asthma.

Anyone concerned can call the Asthma UK Helpline on 0300 222 5800 to speak to a specialist asthma nurse, or visit www.asthma.org.uk.

Dr Samantha Walker,

Deputy Chief Executive,

Asthma UK,

Mansell Street,

London.