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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more


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When I cough my whole left side hurts as in my heart and arm and shoulder. What should I do?

When I cough my whole left side hurts as in my heart and arm and shoulder. What should I do?

Valsalva: Coughing raises intrathoracic pressure which is transmitted. If you have a large disc compressing spinal root nerves in neck, this may be one explanation. But need to assess other potential problems, as left sided pain can indicate heart issues. Get this checked out ASAP. ...Read more

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I have had a cold for 3 weeks which has now worsened now I have an awful cough and when i cough it hurts my heart any ideas?

I have had a cold for 3 weeks which has now worsened now I have an awful cough and when i cough it hurts my heart any ideas?

Get checked out: The most likely reason for your symptoms would be costochondritis which is an inflammation of the cartilage which connects the breast bone to the ribs. It lays over the heart so patients often think the heart is involved and it will hurt when you cough. Treatment is symptomatic with anti-inflammatory medicine and it will resolve. Your doctor will decide if it is necessary to work the pain up. ...Read more

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I've had a dry cough for 2 years now; it's making my chest hurt and my heart palpitate. Why?

I've had a dry cough for 2 years now; it's making my chest hurt and my heart palpitate.  Why?

Pulm function test: These are breathing test done as an out patient which determine is you have functional breathing disorders. ...Read more

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Sometimes my heart rate will go up to 200 BPM after a small cough or burp; it also hurts alot?

Sometimes my heart rate will go up to 200 BPM after a small cough or burp; it also hurts alot?

See Doctor: It could be an svt, or any other rapid heart rate, so should be evaluated by a dr to make sure it gets treated appropriately. ...Read more

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My heart is pounding hard but not racing and it hurts to breathe. Feels like I should cough to make it go away but that doesn't help. what's happening?

My heart is pounding hard but not racing and it hurts to breathe. Feels like I should cough to make it go away but that doesn't help. what's happening?

Go to the ER: a lot of benign medical condition can cause the heart pouding the urge to cough is your body way to try to convert the heart rate to a slower rate, you need to see a doctor or need to go to the ER right away if it is happening now. many condition could become serious and life threatening so do not ignore it and see your doctor. ...Read more

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Coldness in chest. Heart rate increases when I lay down. My chest hurts when I cough or laugh. It has been more than a month now. ?

See an MD: You may have a walking pneumonia, or an inflammation of the coverings of he heart called " pericarditis". Often, stomach acid is to blame for cough and chest pain or even palpitations when someone lays down. Chest hurting on laughing or coughing is usually due to irritation to the muscles and nerves runnin in between your ribs. It is important to visit a doctor to have a thorough evaluation. ...Read more

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I've slight cough lately also smoke today I've had bad pain across all my chest times hurts breath in eating even hurt when past my chest heart burn?

I've slight cough lately also smoke today I've had bad pain across all my chest times hurts breath in eating even hurt when past my chest heart burn?

See your PCP: There are many possible causes for a chest pain like lung problems, muscle pain, excessive smoking, and gastrointestinal problems. Regardless, chest pain with shoulder pains, is always a red flag and visit to a doctor and cardiologist is warranted. Take this opportunity to quit smoking. Life is beautiful!. ...Read more

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I have been coughing for about a day but suddenly my throat hurts badly when I cough and there is pain near my heart. Please advise thank?

I have been coughing for about a day but suddenly my throat hurts badly when I cough and there is pain near my heart. Please advise thank?

Strep or mono: It sounds like you have an infection which may be bacterial or viral. The 2 of most concern are streptococcus (which requires antibiotics to avoid serious complications) and mono (which has no specific treatment but should be closely monitored). Simple testing can distinguish these or rule them both out. ...Read more

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I have dull on & off pains in upper chest (above breasts). Not heart related. Doesn't hurt when i breathe or cough...Lung or muscle related?

I have dull on & off pains in upper chest (above breasts). Not heart related. Doesn't hurt when i breathe or cough...Lung or muscle related?

Anxiety: It is likely that your dull off and on upper chest pain is due to anxiety. At age 25, stresses of relationships, work, finances, and unresolved feelings from past relationships can cause anxiety. Please see your physician for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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My dr says my chest, heart & lungs r fine. But my chest is sore & hurts to cough or sneeze. I can't explain the pressure either please help;(?

My dr says my chest, heart & lungs r fine. But my chest is sore & hurts to cough or sneeze. I can't explain the pressure either please help;(?

Costochondritis.: If it feels like the pain is in the chest wall or hurts when you push on it or take a deep breath it is very likely to be a musculoskeletal problem. Your doc probably had a good reason for saying what they did. If you continue to have doubts you should see another provider for a second opinion. ...Read more

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getting cough lately than yesterday chest hurt right across it like a band times it's hard breathe in or eat. Is this heart burn ? Milk water help

 getting cough lately than yesterday chest hurt right across it like a band times it's hard breathe in or eat. Is this heart burn ? Milk water help

Probably you have: more than heart burn. You may have inflammation of the outer liniing of the right lung. Go to ER to get checked if you can not reach to your doctor by phone to consult. ...Read more

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I havent been sick.I went to the doctor they syringed my ear.Still cant hear a week later.Ear hurts when i cough, sneeze,etc.I hear waves/heart beat?

I havent been sick.I went to the doctor they syringed my ear.Still cant hear a week later.Ear hurts when i cough, sneeze,etc.I hear waves/heart beat?

Ear Clog: It sounds like you have a clog of either wax in the external canal or some fluid/congestion behind the ear drum. Since the ear canal was cleaned presumably by the the syringe treatment. I would recommend taking a decongestant and seeking the consult of an ENT doc. ...Read more

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I woke up both my arms felt numb and my stomach is burning, no chest pain but I have a terrible cough and throat hurts. All heart tests are normal?

I woke up both my arms felt numb and my stomach is burning, no chest pain but I have a terrible cough and throat hurts. All heart tests are normal?

Numbness: Bilateral arms numbness could be the result of neuropathy, compressive mono neuropathy or cervical spinal cord condition. Neuropathy could be due to diabetes or vitamin B12 deficiency. Carpal tunnel syndrome is an example of compressive mono neuropathy. Disc bulging, herniation, or osteophytes (spur) are examples of common cervical disc conditions. Check with your physician for diagnosis and tx. ...Read more

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My heart often beats really fast that lasts a few seconds but it's accompanied by the urge to cough. What's going on?

My heart often beats really fast that lasts a few seconds but it's accompanied by the urge to cough. What's going on?

SVT: That's a classic description of a tachyarrhythmia (abnormal rapid heart rhythm) which is statistically most often an svt (supraventricular tachyarrhythmia.) a 24 hour or 30 day (depending on how often you get it) heart monitor test will make an accurate diagnosis and allow the best treatment. Meanwhile you should avoid nicotine, caffeine, and other stimulants. ...Read more

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