The Asthma Center

Potentially Fatal Asthma

If your asthma is properly treated, you can generally do well and live a normal life. However, some individuals are at a greater risk of dying from their asthma. You may be at a higher risk if you have a history of any of the following:

  • Respiratory failure from asthma
  • Airway intubation and mechanical ventilation for asthma
  • Two or more recent episodes of severe asthma despite oral corticosteroid use
  • Two or more recent complications of severe asthma
  • Not accurately sensing your degree of respiratory difficulty
  • Overuse or underuse of medications

The majority of individuals with potentially fatal asthma put themselves at risk by not complying with physician directions and follow-up visits, by overusing inhaler medication and/or by delaying access to specialty care.