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Asthma

Question
Posted by: Matthew Piacente | 2019/07/24

Q.

Can asthma be misdiagnosed?

I was recently having shortness of breath and chest pains. I would get out of breath easily after mild exertion as well. I went and had a PFT done and was diagnosed with asthma. I am 30 and I don't have a history of asthma. After a few months of using the prescribed inhaler I still was having the same issues. I went to see a cardiologist and it was discovered that I have 30% stenosis myocardial bridging of my LAD. My breathing feels much better now that I am on a beta blocker, but I am not sure if I ever truly had asthma or if I was misdiagnosed because of my underlying heart condition.

Expert's Reply

A.

Asthma Expert
- 2019/09/04

Asthma can definitely be misdiagnosed.  It is not usual for heart problems to masquerade that as asthma.  All that wheezes is not asthma!  Hence the origins of the term 'cardiac asthma' or 'cardiac wheeze'.

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