cardiac asthma n.
An asthmatic attack due to bronchoconstriction caused by pulmonary congestion and failure of the left ventricle.
The first attack of cardiac asthma is to be looked upon as the beginning of the end.
In addition to all this, Jessie's brother dies of consumption, and a seaside acquaintance is half killed by cardiac asthma.
But the sharp sea air did not suit him; he had a beginning of cardiac asthma and nearly fainted during a walk.