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I sometimes wake up at night struggling to breathe and

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I sometimes wake up at night struggling to breathe and during the day feel short of breath particularly on exertion, I also feel like I can't take a deep breath, does this mean I have heart failure?
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Cardiology
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
I'm 28yrs old weight 10st so not particularly overweight i am asthmatic but when I feel short of breath it doesn't feel like it's my asthma.
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 11 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 11 months ago.

It could be heart failure but would be very unusual at your age.

have you had any tests?

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
I have had a chest X-ray and blood tests just to check my full blood count and renal function which seemed to be fine apart from the fact my eosinophils were slightly raised and I have poikilocytosis whatever that means, go didn't seem interested in it too much to be honest, I feel exhausted a lot, I'm iust worried something is being missed
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 11 months ago.

I don't think so.

The XRAY and blood tests should capture heart failure

Make sure you had a BNP blood test.

If this is normal, you don't have heart failure.

It could be anxiety

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Customer: replied 11 months ago.
I don't think it's anxiety, when I take a deep breath it kind of feels like I'm being suffocated and I can't take a breath fully and when I wake up during the night and morning I always cough up phlegm
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 11 months ago.

Then the asthma is probably not treated fully

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
I use a salbutamol inhaler regularly and I only ever had a problem with my breathing if I had a cold, and now it just seems to be every day, and I wake up every night gasping, guess I need to go back to the gp
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 11 months ago.

Definitely

You probably need a combined inhaler like advair

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Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Thank you x
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 11 months ago.

welcome :)

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