Learned its name today: paroxysmal nocturnal dyspnea

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   Posted 10/12/2010 12:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Anyone else experience this?  I did for about 4 years running and never knew it had a name.  None of my doctors, including the ER docs I'd see in the middle of the night, told me that it had a name, or that it could be a serious symptom of heart disease.
Mine has practically ceased due to a change in meds, I think, which seems odd.  I'd appreciate any experiences with it that folks feel like sharing.  Seems like it could be a bad sign, yet mine has stopped - I don't know what to think.
On another note, my visit to the potential new cardiologist went okay today, but he doesn't see anything wrong currently, despite my SoB on exertion.  I'm getting another echo done next week, and at that point, maybe he'll have further ideas.

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   Posted 10/14/2010 10:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Paroxysmal nocturnal dyspnea is a sign of heart failure that makes people lose their breath while lying down.  It is often referred to as Cardiac asthma.  If I remember correctly did you not have a lot of problems with asthma type attacks and SOB that ended up in many ER visits or is that my imagination. 
I am glad to know your has eased up and that you are now seeing a cardiologist.
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   Posted 10/19/2010 5:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank goodness some recent tests have confirmed that I don't have heart failure (nuclear stress test, and a blood test called a BNP). I was pretty worried about that, given my longterm symptoms. Now if we could only find out what is causing my SoB, and stop it!

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