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Celebrities With Asthma

March 15, 2012 by staff 

Celebrities With Asthma, Asthma is a chronic condition involving the respiratory system in which the airway occasionally constricts, becomes inflamed, and is lined with excessive amounts of mucus, often in response to one or more triggers.

In some individuals asthma is characterized by chronic respiratory impairment.

In other people asthma is an intermittent illness marked by episodic symptoms that may result from a number of triggering events, including upper respiratory infection, stress, airborne allergens, air pollutants (such as smoke or traffic fumes), or exercise.

Asthma is caused by a complex interaction of genetic and environmental factors that researchers do not fully understand yet. These factors can also influence how severe a person’s asthma is and how well they respond to medication.

In children, the most common triggers are viral illnesses such as those that cause the common cold. This airway narrowing causes symptoms such as wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, and coughing.

It is recognized with increasing frequency, that patients who have both obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and bronchial asthma, often improve tremendously when the sleep apnea is diagnosed and treated.

If you have asthma, you’re in good company. Famous People with Asthma:

John F. Kennedy – John Fitzgerald Kennedy (May 29, 1917-November 22, 1963), was the thirty-fifth President of the United States, serving from 1961 until his assassination in 1963. Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963, in Dallas, Texas. Lee Harvey Oswald was charged with the crime, but was murdered two days later by Jack Ruby before he could be put on trial. Although he suffered from various illnesses, including asthma, Kennedy always appeared strong and rugged in public and enjoyed working out and playing sports with his family.

Ludwig von Beethoven – (1770-1827) – baptized December 17, 1770, died March 26, 1827 was a German composer and pianist. Born in Bonn, Germany, he moved to Vienna, Austria, in his early twenties and settled there, studying with Joseph Haydn and quickly gaining a reputation as a virtuoso pianist. Around 1796, Beethoven began to lose his hearing. He suffered a severe form of tinnitus, a “ringing” in his ears that made it hard for him to perceive and appreciate music; he also avoided conversation. When Beethoven was not sick, or suffering from asthma, he would often take a sketchbook with him and take long strolls in the country.

Alice Cooper (1948) – (born February 4, 1948), birthname Vincent Furnier, is an American rock singer, songwriter and musician whose career spans five decades. In 1974 Furnier legally changed his name to Alice Cooper and launched a solo career. He was a sickly child, and after a series of childhood illnesses, Vincent Furnier and his family moved to Phoenix, Arizona. After Washington Elementary School, Vincent attended Cortez High School in northern Phoenix. Cooper was a member of the Order of DeMolay.

Calvin Coolidge – John Calvin Coolidge, Jr. (July 4, 1872 – January 5, 1933), more commonly known as Calvin Coolidge, was the thirtieth President of the United States (1923-1929). Coolidge’s grandfather, Calvin Coolidge, held some local government offices in Plymouth and was best remembered as a man with “a fondness for practical jokes”. His grandmother, Sarah Brewer, was also of New England. It is through this ancestor that Coolidge claimed to be descended in part from American Indians. Calvin Coolidge suffered from asthma and because he distrusted physicians, he treated himself with patent medicines and breathed chlorine released into the air of a closed room in futile attempts to alleviate his asthma.

Liza Minelli – Liza May Minnelli (born March 12, 1946 in Los Angeles, California) is an American actress and singer. She is the daughter of legendary actress and singer Judy Garland and her second husband, film director Vincente Minnelli. Her well-publicized struggles with substance abuse have made inevitable parallels and comparisons to her mother’s personal and career challenges. Minnelli has been in rehab for her substance abuse numerous times. She entered rehab shortly before her marriage to David Gest.

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