Cardiology Q&A by Dr. Kulick

Can asthma and the resulting inability to steadily breathe in oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide cause a heart attack in someone who has heart disease?

Answer:

In anyone with blockages in their coronary arteries, any condition where the oxygen in the blood is low (severe asthma, emphysema, sleep apnea, pneumonia) could increase the risk of either a heart attack or abnormal heart rhythm.

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Last Editorial Review: 12/19/2006



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