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A 37-year-old female asked about a 66-year-old male:

My father is a heart patient, he had 4 bypasses done last year on september. since last week he has had dry cough which bis irritable which is a worry?

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Dr. K. Mujib Haque
Internal Medicine 24 years experience
Check his meds : After ruling out viral and bacterial causes of cough.... Consider Ace inhibitor associated cough. Most cardiac patients are on Lisinopril or OTHER ACE inhibitor meds. Commonly dry cough is a side effect. If he has been on an ace inhibitor discuss this with your doctor he will replace it with a ARB, alternative treatment.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
See doctor...: There are many possible causes for a cough. If it is of recent onset, it could be due to acute bronchitis, post-nasal drip, etc. A more chronic cough could be due to bronchospasm, GERD, post-nasal drip, etc. In this case, heart failure would be a concern as well especially if he is also complaining of shortness of breath, leg swelling, coughing pink sputum, etc. Take him to his doc for diagnosis.

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Papua New Guinea
A 37-year-old female asked:

My father is a heart patient who had 4 bypasses do e last year around September. Lately he has had dry cough which is so irritable. I worry about him.

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 44 years experience
On an ACE-I: Is your father on an Angiotensin Converting Enzyme-Inhibitor drug ? (there are many and the names used in New Guinea will differ from the USA). This class is regularly prescribed after heart surgery and causes cough in 10% - if so, he must stop it. Also, ask for a chest x-ray to rule out heart failure and many other causes of cough.
Papua New Guinea
A 37-year-old female asked about a 66-year-old male:

My father is a heart patient who had 4 bypasses September last year. Last week he developed dry cough which is so irritable.

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
See doctor...: There are many possible causes for a cough. If it is of recent onset, it could be due to acute bronchitis, post-nasal drip, etc. A more chronic cough could be due to bronchospasm, GERD, post-nasal drip, etc. In this case, heart failure would be a concern as well especially if he is also complaining of shortness of breath, leg swelling, coughing pink sputum, etc. Take him to a doc for diagnosis.

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Last updated Oct 4, 2016

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