Every day at MyAsthmaCentral.com we get lots of asthma related questions. Below are some questions I thought my readers at the RT Cave would enjoy.
Your Question: Is there such a thing as ? according to my parents they said i have heart asthma that i inherited from my great grandmheart asthmaa but when i tell health representative that I have this they say that they haven't ever heard of that before
My humble answer: Alas, there is such a thing as heart asthma, although I usually refer to it as cardiac asthma. I suppose it could be hereditary if your family has the gene for some kind of heart disease or condition. It is a condition that is associated with heart failure and often mimics an asthma attack. I write about cardiac asthma more extensively in this post.
Basically, as your heart starts to poop out, fluid gets backed up into your lungs, increasing the blood pressure in your lungs, which in turn squeeze the air passages in your lungs from the outside (as opposed to from the inside as in real asthma), thus causing asthma-like symptoms: shortness of breath, tight chest, wheezing.
Cardiac asthma can be treated, but not with the same medicines used to treat asthma. Likewise, Cardiac asthma can also be prevented with proper patient wisdom, care and medicine.
If you have any further questions email me, or Visit MyAsthmaCentral.com's" Q&A section.
Also stay tuned to the RT Cave, as on 9/1/2010 I'll delve into the topic of heart failure in more detail. In the meantime, click here for therapies for heart failure.