Can Asthma Cause a Heart Attack?

Last Editorial Review: 8/10/2017

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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?

Doctor's response

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: 8/10/2017
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Medically reviewed by Robert Bargar, MD; Board Certification in Public Health & General Preventive Medicine

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"Evaluation of severe asthma in adolescents and adults"
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