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Can Heart Problems Cause Chronic Cough
I heard that if you cough during a PVC (benign or not) its literally impossible to have heart problems. True?
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
Can a 75 years old man with diabetes and heart problems can take steroids for non stop cough? As no medicine effecting
Depends: Hi. Prednisone is not a cough suppressant, and will most assuredly whack his diabetes control. Coughing may result from asthma and COPD, so if the cough is a result of such conditions, prednisone may be helpful and worth taking. If he's having difficulty breathing, he needs close medical attention. If he has fever (or pneumonia), prednisone is not the treatment unless also treating reactive airway ...Read more
My mom late 50 is complaining of persistent dry cough, nausia, and chest pain. Tests exclude heart problems. What could her problem be?
Coughing x 3 weeks. Initially productive now dry. Have air gulping and palpitations and low energy. Can heart problems cause coughing?
Can do: Yes, heart problems can cause a cough-specifically congestive heart failure, a condition in which fluid builds up in lungs due to various forms of heart dysfunction. Usually accompanying this diagnosis is shortness of breath with activity as well as sob in bed such that one has to prop up the head of the bed at night to breathe. If these are occurring then best to get checked out by your pcp. ...Read more
Can wrong breathing cause chronic breathlessness? I have no symptoms of asthma or heart problems;only tiredness along with breathlessness. Any clues?
Not likely: in judicious amounts (2-3 cups a day?) HOWEVER: caffeine may acutely increase blood pressure and also worsen palpitations (premature atrial and ventricular contractions as well as increase chances of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation) No problems when you drink it in moderation if you have a healthy heart. Remember also that caffeine is present in energy drinks, colas and other OTC preparations ...Read more
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