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Heart racing on smoking cigarettes, breathing difficulty. Used inhaler. Family history of asthma. ECG required?

Hi , my heart beats race sometimes when i smoke cigarettes , i get a hard time breathing too , i had to use the inhaler last night to be able to sleep , my mother has asma so maybe i got that now i don t know , should i be worried , should i do an ECG ?? or something to make sure my heart doesn t have anything wrong ??? plz help
Asked On : Mon, 4 Feb 2013
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
thank you.
breathlessness may be due to heart cause or lung cause.
it should be evaluated properly.
family history of bronchial asthma is a strong point.
but sometimes coronary heart disease presents as breathlessness.
you have also risk factor for heart disease(smoking).
at first consult a doctor then an ECG may be done.
if an ECG is not conclusive & clinical features does not suggest asthma then other test(echo,ett,angiogram) may be helpful.
in that case an opinion of cardiologist is necessary.
Answered: Tue, 5 Feb 2013
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General & Family Physician Dr. Md Iftakhar's  Response
Hi Sidimoloud,

Racing of heart after smoking is a common thing. When you start smoking the nictotine present in the smoke goes into your body and this nicotine stimulats the ganglions at variuos places which can cause the racing heart. But again the severity of racing heart is not that much significant and it releives after some time and if you feel that this is giving you some tension and anxity than it is better to have a consultation with doctor.
Apart from this smoking is always a bad thing and many disease with respiratory and cardivascular system is associated with it and it increases the chances of cancer also, so my kind advice is to try to quite smoking as soon as possible.

As far as the asthma is concer, family history is a risk factor and as you describe the problem, it may be there that you are also suffering from asthma and need proper medication for the same. The smoking may be precipatating the condition.

Thanks and hope this will help you.
Answered: Mon, 4 Feb 2013
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