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Pediatric Cardiac Conditions: Coexisting and Differential Diagnosis 

Pediatric Cardiac Conditions: Coexisting and Differential Diagnosis
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Pediatric Cardiac Conditions: Coexisting and Differential Diagnosis
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Louis I. Bezold

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199918065.003.0016
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date: 24 June 2021

Many cardiac conditions presenting in childhood belong on the differential diagnosis list of bronchial asthma, and vice versa. Asthma, through either direct disease action or undesired side effects of therapy, is associated with subclinical cardiac dysfunction and ischemia. Obesity, a tremendous public health issue, shares a common association with both cardiac disease and asthma. Considering these facts, close collaboration between pediatric subspecialists and primary care physicians is absolutely necessary to effectively manage children with the multiple comorbidities associated with asthma. More research is needed to optimize asthma therapies while reducing complications, with the goal of the best possible outcomes for all children struggling with these medical issues.

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