Cardiac asthma. Heberden's asthma is commonly known as cardiac asthma. It is wheezing, coughing and shortness of breath that mimics asthma but is actually due to congestive heart failure. Symptoms are due primarily to accumulation of fluid in the lungs from a weak pumping action of the heart. The treatment is diuretics and additional medications that improve the strength of cardiac muscle contractions.
Cardiac asthma. Congestive heart failure might cause shortness of breath, cough and wheezing, which are symptoms characteristic of asthma.