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Carrollton, GA
A 25-year-old male asked:

Shortness of breath when lying down. feel bloated. if fluid accumulating in my lungs from weak heart would chest xray 2 days ago (standing) show it?

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Dr. Rebecca Gliksman
Internal Medicine 40 years experience
SOB when lying down: May have reflux. Consider elevating head of bed by placing a pillow between mattress and box spring. Try ranitidine and/or prevecid which are OTC. Shortness of breath may come from possible reflux into lungs and lungs compress when lying down . Check PFTs- study of lung function to see if have asthma. CXR would show an large heart ,fluid. Echo give more detail on heart anatomy. f/u/w/ doc
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