Bronchial Asthma and Aging Can Be Strongly Connected  

Is there any real connection with bronchial asthma and aging, or is this a condition that anyone at any age can get.

The answer to this question is yes and no for several different reasons, and they may surprise most of us.

However, as we all begin this aging process and hit our mid 50’s and beyond, it can and does become a dangerous condition if we do not control it.

So what exactly is it and why can it become dangerous as we get older.

What Is Bronchial Asthma and Aging

The connection with bronchial asthma and aging begins with understanding exactly what this condition is.

We all have heard the term asthma, and we may even have it and lived with it throughout our years.

However, this is why the question can be answered both yes and no.

It can and often confused with the “cardiac form” which is not a true form of asthma.

Here is where the connection with bronchial asthma and aging really begins to emerge, as there are two basic types we need to be concerned with.

  • The actual bronchial form
  • The cardiac form.

The term “bronchial “is used again for one simple reason, to separate it from the “cardiac form” as this second form is totally different in many ways.

Although their symptoms may be similar, the underlying causes are different.

Let’s first examine the Cardiac form and why it is different.

The Cardiac Form Attacks Our Heart

The cardiac form attacks our heart, and as the result this attack, it starts reducing the left side pumping process causing it to become a lot less efficient.

Once this happens, fluid begins to build up in our lungs and this is referred to as “pulmonary oedema”.

Here are the symptoms once this happens with the Cardiac form.

  • A slight cough and a shortness of breath
  • The development of rapid as well as very shallow breathing
  • An increase of our blood pressure and heart rate
  • A very tense and almost scared like feeling

The reason for this is simple; we are having trouble breathing.

However, here is where the real connections with bronchial asthma and aging become even more definitive.

How this shortness of breathing starts to affect us.

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It Attacks While We Are Sleeping

If it is the cardiac form, the shortness of breath attacks can hit us while we are sleeping as well as with very little execution, especially as we get older.

The reason for this again is simple; the buildup of fluid in our lungs.

But this is by no means the major difference. The major difference is that the “cardiac form” is life threatening, the bronchial form is not.

With this form, we need to keep one important fact in mind; in the vast majority of cases, there is no fluid buildup which is extremely important to remember.

While there is no cure yet for this form, it can be managed if you understand it.

Here are the most common triggers it.

  • Anyone older than 60 years of age with respiratory infections
  • Unable to handle cold weather like we used to
  • A lack of exercise as well as the inability to exercise
  • Cigarette smoke and other allergens
  • Allergies from pollen and house dust

By far and away the most common cause is smoking or exposure to second hand smoke, but allergies are a close second.

However, there is one other major factor with bronchial asthma and aging that separates it from the “cardiac form”

With this form, anyone affected will alternate between chronic breathing episodes and a sudden loss of breath.

Very Important For Us To Understand

This is very important for us to understand as we get older and suffer from any type of breathing issues. 

Again the reason is simple; the pattern we experience will help your medical professional diagnose which form you have.

Here are some of the ways they, as well as we, can tell the difference

The first is the bronchial form

  • The shortness occurs early in the morning
  • It also occurs after any type of moderate exercise

Next is the cardiac form

  • It attacks within 1-2 hours of sleeping
  • It can also attack after setting for several hours
  • It attacks with very simple forms of exercise
  • Even walking can trigger it

However, here is another common denominator.

As we get older, we all tend to take a lot more drugs for several reasons. 

And not all of these drugs are prescription drugs and will include several OTC forms, or over the counter medications.

There are also some conditions and just plain old fashioned behaviors that may trigger it.

What Can Cause It

They include the following

  • NSAIDs
  • Beta blocking drugs
  • Sudden changes in the weather
  • MSG—a food additive
  • Sudden stress and anxiety
  • Extreme emotions such as laughing, crying, or even singing

NSAIDs include any type of Aspirin, Aleve, Motrin, and several like drugs that we may take for everyday aches and pains as we get older.

Beta blocking drugs are also more common to our age group, but some of the other behaviors or changes may surprise most of us.

Extreme weather changes can also trigger it, as can stress and any form of anxiety.

None of us are ever ready for a sudden stressful situation, but as we get older, it may be perhaps the most common link to bronchial asthma and aging.

The same is true with laughing, crying, or even being very joyful and singing.

All of these affect our lungs when you think about it.

The good news is that it can be controlled by inhalers just like COPD.

I know first-hand how important how important inhalers can be when you need them.

References

http://www.mydr.com.au/asthma/bronchial-asthma-and-cardiac-asthma

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