Cardiac Asthma: Overview & More


When you hear cardiac asthma, you would think it is a type of asthma, but it is not. It refers to breathing challenges caused by fluid buildup in the lungs due to heart failure.

In some cases, Cardiac asthma can be very fatal and a proper or early diagnosis is vital. It is often misdiagnosed as asthma because of the similarities between the symptoms. If you have both conditions you would experience coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath.

Cardiac asthma is used to describe asthma-like symptoms that can happen with failure in the left side of the heart. It is a condition in which the lower portion of the heart (left ventricle) loses its ability to pump blood effectively.

If treatments given to a cardiac asthma patient are drugs used for asthma, the heart condition will exacerbate and it could cause death. Cardiac asthma is caused by congestive heart failure. In most cases, it is caused by an increase in the pressure of the left ventricle.

The change in blood flow due to blockage of the left ventricle can increase the blood pressure in the lungs resulting in leakage and accumulation of fluid.