Cardiac asthma

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Cardiac asthma

Cardiac asthma is not actually a type of asthma, but the symptoms may appear similar to asthma. Cardiac asthma is caused by heart failure in the left side of the heart. The heart failure causes fluid to build up in the lungs (pulmonary edema), which causes coughing or wheezing. Cardiac asthma can be dangerous because the medications used to treat asthma may actually make the symptoms worse and cause heart arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats). Cardiac asthma is a symptom of heart failure.

Symptoms of cardiac asthma are the same as the symptoms of the more common type of asthma (bronchial). They include shortness of breath (with or without wheezing), rapid shallow breathing or chest pain, fast heart rate, high blood pressure, or swelling in the ankles. Symptoms often worsen over time and occur after exercise or while sleeping. About one third of elderly people with congestive heart failure suffer from cardiac asthma. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the lungs or around the bronchial tubes due to left sided heart failure. Heart failure has multiple causes that include anything that might cause a weak or enlarged heart muscle or birth (congenital) heart defects.

Diagnosis will involve a chest X-ray to check for fluid in the lungs (pulmonary edema). Heart failure will be confirmed through electrocardiograms (EKG), cardiac stress tests, and imaging tests such as echocardiogram (an ultrasound of the heart) and CT scans. Treatment may include lifestyle changes (monitoring fluid and salt intake and moderate exercise) and medication to get rid of extra fluid and increase the heart’s ability to pump blood. Although there is no cure for cardiac asthma, research to better understand heart failure and design better treatments is ongoing. Talk to your doctor about the most current treatment options. Support groups can also be a good resource of information and connect you with others living with heart failure and cardiac asthma.

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The terms "Cardiac asthma" returned 13 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

The cardiac protein αT-catenin contributes to chemical-induced asthma.
 

Author(s): Stephen Sai Folmsbee, Luisa Morales-Nebreda, Jolanda Van Hengel, Koen Tyberghein, Frans Van Roy, G R Scott Budinger, Paul J Bryce, Cara J Gottardi

Journal: Am. J. Physiol. Lung Cell Mol. Physiol.. 2015 Feb;308(3):L253-8.

 

Ten to 25% of adult asthma is occupational induced, a subtype caused by exposure to workplace chemicals. A recent genomewide association study identified single-nucleotide polymorphisms in the cardiac protein αT-catenin (αT-cat) that correlated with the incidence and severity of ...

Last Updated: 2 Feb 2015

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Cardiac arrest in a patient with asthma: role of hemorrhagic pheochromocytoma discovered at autopsy.
 

Author(s): Run Yu, Serguei I Bannykh, Alberto Marchevsky

Journal: J Clin Hypertens (Greenwich). 2012 Sep;14(9):650-2.

 

Last Updated: 5 Sep 2012

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Can adenosine cause asthma-like symptoms in patients with cardiac arrhythmias receiving atenolol?
 

Author(s): Helena Martinez-Sabater, Jesús Cruzado-Quevedo, Luis Muñoz-Gimeno, Jesús Hernandez-Cascales

Journal: Int J Clin Pharmacol Ther. 2012 Jan;50(1):47-8.

 

Last Updated: 23 Dec 2011

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Virtual Psychiatric Care for Perinatal Depression
 

Status: Not yet recruiting

Condition Summary: Perinatal Depression

 

Last Updated: 20 Oct 2017

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Right Heart Dysfunction and Pulmonary Hypertension Evaluation in Airway Disease Using Cardiac Magnetic Resonance
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Asthma; Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Obstructive

 

Last Updated: 9 Aug 2016

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Hospital-Level Care at Home for Acutely Ill Adults
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Infection; Heart Failure; COPD; Asthma; Gout Flare; Chronic Kidney Diseases; Hypertensive Urgency; Atrial Fibrillation Rapid; Anticoagulants; Increased

 

Last Updated: 7 Jul 2017

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