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Mason, OH
A 20-year-old male asked:

I have difficulty breathing when lying down. how do i tell if this is "obstructive sleep apnea" or "heart failure"? i do have obstructive sleep apnea

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Mark Fisher
Neurology 30 years experience
Orthopnea: The symptom is called orthopnea. The way to find out if it's heart failure is to go to a doctor and find out if it's heart failure. The doctor may be able to tell you right there and then or (s)he may have to run some tests.
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Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 46 years experience
Exam: Could be your heart. Unlikely at your age. See your MD for assessment.
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Last updated Nov 26, 2016

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