“I participated in a national study. Surprisingly, many people still have problems with diagnosis.
Some are “over diagnosed”, while others are not treated fairly, “said Dr. Louis-Philippe Boulet, the Institute of Cardiology and Pneumology Quebec (Laval Hospital).
Dr. Boulet chairs the 21st World Congress of asthma that will bring a thousand experts together starting tomorrow in Quebec.
This international conference is held every two years. “It’s a little like the Olympics for asthma. This is an opportunity to make an overview of all the problems related to asthma in the world, as well as new treatments,” says the pulmonologist.
People with asthma do not always have access to regular medical care. This is the case of seniors, who are exposed to complications.
He reports that, “Asthma is extremely neglected in the elderly. People find it normal to be short of breath or they confuse asthma with chronic bronchitis. This is a serious problem”.