Asthma-like symptoms may indicate heart disease
Do some people with heart disease die unnecessarily because the illness is wrong for asthma? The lives of patients with heart failure appear to be at risk, as new research has shown that doctors often confuse the symptoms of heart failure with asthma.
A recent study by Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University found that people with heart failure are at increased risk of premature death because their illness is confused with common symptoms of asthma. The results of the study were published in the English journal "Journal of the American College of Cardiology".
Even some doctors confuse the symptoms
The signs that your heart is in her last legs are similar to those of an asthma attack, the researchers said. The symptoms of heart failure and asthma are so uniform that the patient's condition is often wrong. However, there are subtle differences that some doctors obviously can not recognize. Heart failure can be lethal if left untreated. Today, more and more young people suffer from heart failure. In the United Kingdom alone, more than 100,000 people are hospitalized for a heart attack each year and more than 900,000 people in the United Kingdom now have heart failure. The current study found that more and more people die from heart failure, especially those aged under 65.
What symptoms should be taken into account?
Although heart failure and asthma have similar symptoms, there are important differences that doctors and the public need to know. The so-called wheezing, which is characteristic of asthma, is more common in this disease during the day. It is often caused by weather or movement. In heart failure, wheezing occurs more often at night. There are other symptoms suggestive of heart failure. These include, for example, difficulty breathing or wheezing (especially at night when lying down), swelling of the feet, ankles and feet, fast and irregular heartbeat and persistent coughing. On the other hand, asthma is characterized by symptoms such as coughing during athletic exercise, exercise and laughter, general breathing difficulties, shortness of breath and wheezing.
Example of an incorrect diagnosis of asthma
The New York Post reported a case in which a eleven-year-old girl from Illinois in the US received asthma diagnosis last year. After a short time, however, the person suffering from the illness began to feel so bad that he could no longer breathe while he slept without the support of an oxygen reservoir. The doctors finally carried out further tests, pointing out that the heart of the patient only yielded twelve percent yield. It quickly became clear that her heart would fail completely if the twelve year old did not get a heart transplant. It only took seven weeks until the girl received a new heart and was able to breathe normally again.
Ask for medical help if traceable symptoms are present
Since the symptoms of both diseases are so similar, people need to be very careful. So if you notice typical symptoms of asthma, you should carefully examine to rule out any heart failure that may eventually lead to your death. (As)