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What health conditions may mimic asthma?

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A variety of illnesses can cause some of the same symptoms as asthma. For example, cardiac asthma is a form of heart failure in which the symptoms mimic some of the symptoms of regular asthma.

Vocal cord dysfunction is another asthma mimic. Many recent reports have drawn attention to a peculiar syndrome in which an abnormality of the vocal cords causes wheezing that is frequently misdiagnosed as asthma. This is most common in young females who have loud and dramatic episodes of wheezing that do not respond to medications that open the airways.

From: Types of Asthma WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: Smolley, L. , Dell, 1999. Bruce, D. , Ballantine, 2007. Schachter, N. Broadway Books, 2003. American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology: "Distinguishing Between Asthma and Heart Disease," "Vocal Cord Dysfunction in Children."   American Lung Association: "Facts About Hay Fever."




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SOURCES: Smolley, L. , Dell, 1999. Bruce, D. , Ballantine, 2007. Schachter, N. Broadway Books, 2003. American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology: "Distinguishing Between Asthma and Heart Disease," "Vocal Cord Dysfunction in Children."   American Lung Association: "Facts About Hay Fever."




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Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on April 14, 2018

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