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Asthma

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Posted by: Phumla Mali | 2019/10/03

Q.

Asthma symptoms

My son has been suffering from racing or irregular heartbeat every time he suffers from breathing difficulties leading to my GP conducting ECG testing (which highlighted the racing heartbeat) and he was referred later on to a cardiologist who ran the same test and later ran sona heart testing. the results were that there are no abnormalities in his heart valve sack etc. The recent episode he had yesterday and my sons explanation of what happened was he walked past someone smoking and immediately experience shortness of breath resulting to his heart pumping too fast and him feeling weak/dizzy. Could this be an unexplained severe Asthma attack or underlying medical issues. He only recovered after taking few puffs of his Asthma Asthavan pump and the GP can not explain what are the cause of these attacks are. what measures or medical step can I take. The diagnose was made while he was still a toddler by a pediatrician and his GP heard from me that he suffers from Asthma. No further tests were done since then

Expert's Reply

A.

Asthma Expert
- 2019/10/08

It could be that the smoke is triggering an asthma attack which can also set the heart racing.  Asthma medication can make this worse.  We call this palpitations.  It might be a good idea to see a lung specialist so that the asthma can be brought under control. In more than 95% of cases asthma can be well controlled with conventional medication.

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