Originally Posted by Katielyn
... Also, when having a heart attack, is there a difference in short of breath from actually having the heart attack and it being an asthma situation? How do you know in other words when it's heart or asthma related?
Thanks for the information!
I've had Heart Failure and Asthma for over 24 years. So.... I frequently get shortness of breath. In fact, it is my main issue. I also can get chest pains and a host of other symptoms.
That said, over the years I have had to distinguish between whether my breathing problems were related to Asthma or to my Heart.
My first approaches are to take my blood pressure and listen to my heart beat with my stethoscope.
If my blood pressure is high, then it's nitro time and I suspect that I am experiencing a heart issue. Also, if my heartbeat is strong, and somewhat regular, then I suspect Asthma. If the heartbeat is weak or erratic, I suspect it is my heart.
If I suspect my heart, I can take a nitro and/or do a series of deep breathing exercises.
If my blood pressure and heart beat and heart rate are reasonable, I use my Asthma Inhaler.
Most of the time, I can correctly diagnose whether my breathing problems are more related to my heart or more related to my Asthma, through these approaches that I have listed.
Anyways..... since it has been almost a day since your 47 year old friend experienced these symptoms, how did everything turn out? What did she decide to do?