There may be an association between persistent asthma and the risk of cardiovascular disease, according to an analysis from the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA).

In a new study presented this week at the American Heart Association (AHA) 2014 Scientific Sessions, investigators report that patients with persistent asthma had a 60% higher risk of cardiovascular events, including MI, resuscitated cardiac arrest, angina, stroke, and cardiovascular/stroke death, over a 9-year follow-up period when compared with individuals without asthma.