Differential Diagnosis of Atrial Fibrillation

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Lone Atrial Fibrillation: No underlying disease state. Cardiac Causes: Hypertensive heart disease with left ventricular hypertrophy, heart failure, mitral valve stenosis or regurgitation, pericarditis, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, coronary artery disease, myocardial infarction, aortic stenosis, amyloidosis. Noncardiac Causes: Hypoglycemia, theophylline intoxication, pneumonia, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, pulmonary embolism, heavy alcohol intake or alcohol withdrawal, hyperthyroidism, systemic illness, electrolyte abnormalities. Stimulant abuse, excessive caffeine, over-the-counter cold remedies, illicit drugs.

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Coping with Asthma

Coping with Asthma

If you suffer with asthma, you will no doubt be familiar with the uncomfortable sensations as your bronchial tubes begin to narrow and your muscles around them start to tighten. A sticky mucus known as phlegm begins to produce and increase within your bronchial tubes and you begin to wheeze, cough and struggle to breathe.

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