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A 55-year-old female asked:

i have exercise induced asthma and possible hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. when i exercise how can i tell which one of these causes a problem?

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Dr. John Szawaluk
Cardiology 31 years experience
Difficult: To sort out. See a cardiologist for further evaluation and testing.
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 31 years experience
Hard to tell: If you wheeze, it is probably the asthma. Shortness of breath may be either. Cardiopulmonary testing can be done, mostly at academic centers, where they will be able to tell you what is the problem exactly.

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