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how does coronary heart disease affect the respiratory system?

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Dr. Andrew Freeman
17 years experience Cardiology
Shortness of breath: Shortness of breath or dyspnea can be a symptom of the respiratory system or from coronary disease. Heart disease can make it more difficult to breathe and should be evaluated by your doctor.
Answered on Jan 31, 2018
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Dr. Bennett Werner
43 years experience Cardiology
It doesn't: Unless the chd has progressed to the point that the heart is failing. Then the lungs become congested with fluid (from the backpressure of a failing heart - also called "congestive heart failure"). The cardinal symptom is breathlessness.
Answered on Apr 30, 2018
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