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Could increased pleural fluid cause pulmonary edema, heart failure, or pneumonia?

Could increased pleural fluid cause pulmonary edema, heart failure, or pneumonia?

No, but: Increased pleural fluid (effusion) may be caused by pulmonary edema and heart failure. This is because the heart is unable to pump the blood effectively and fluid backs up in the lungs and leaks out to the pleural space. The fluid can often be relieved by medication. Pneumonia can cause increased fluid as well, which is often infected (empyema). This is removed by a tube in the chest or surgery. ...Read more

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So double pneumonia can cause the heart to become enlarged?

So double pneumonia can cause the heart to become enlarged?

No: It takes time for the heart to enlarge. Chronic lung disease can cause pulmonary hypertension with enlargement of the right ventricle and right atrium, but even a severe acute pneumonia won't do this. ...Read more

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Is neonatal pneumonia a cause of enlargemnt of the heart in neonates?

Is neonatal pneumonia a cause of enlargemnt of the heart in neonates?

Neonatal pneumonia: No! neonatal pneumonia does not cause cardiac consequences in new born, with no congenital cardiac condition. Sometimes chest x ray shows 'large' cardia silhouette, because of the position of the newborn while taking x ray. ...Read more

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Can pneumonia from years earlier caused by decompensated heart failure turn into chronic heart failure later on?

Can pneumonia from years earlier caused by decompensated heart failure turn into chronic heart failure later on?

Congestive failure: Pneumonia causes heart failure decompensation in people who have heart failure already, it doesn't cause it anew usually. That is most of those people already have chronic compensated heart failure if they decompensate with pneumonia. ...Read more

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Nan 93yrs, 25% of kidney functioning, heart failing, fluid inside and out of lungs, Pneumonia. Max life expectancy without life support please?

Nan 93yrs, 25% of kidney functioning, heart failing, fluid inside and out of lungs, Pneumonia. Max life expectancy without life support please?

Here are some. ..: Hi! EmmaD, Sorry to see your facing how to manage the ending days of your nan; but, in a sense, being precious yet privileged to experience it. How long she would live still relies on the degree of supportive care with nutritional supply and drug use. If just keeping her as comfortable as possible, her life may come to end in 3-7 days although the last fighting days of life widely varies among all ...Read more

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My mom was admitted to the hospital with pneumonia.. Fluid around lungs...And conjestive heart failur...How dangerous is that..

My mom was admitted to the hospital with pneumonia.. Fluid around lungs...And conjestive heart failur...How dangerous is that..

Depends on specifics: Congestive heart failure occurs when the heart does not pump blood efficiently. This causes fluid to build up in the tissues especially the lungs. It is a serious condition, but it has many treatments. The prognosis depends on the cause, age of the patient and those kind of details. Pneumonia is a lung infection, seriousness varies depending on clinical details. It is also very treatable. ...Read more

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Can truvada (emtricitabine and tenofovir) cause vertigo and shortness of breathe and aggravate heart problems. My cd4 is up but I've gotten candida, pneumonia etc since arvs.

Can truvada (emtricitabine and tenofovir) cause vertigo and shortness of breathe and aggravate heart problems. My cd4 is up but I've gotten candida, pneumonia etc since arvs.

Possible: Truvada (emtricitabine and tenofovir) side effects, it can cause shortness of breath and the others, please communicate those side effects with your treating physician, risk/benefit ratio should be considered before deciding whether to continue taking the drug, good luck ...Read more

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I had my son at age 39 and developed post partum cardiomyopathy, bilat pneumonia and congestive heart failure and sepsis, ef 15 in ER 4 days after my son was born. Could retained placenta have caused all this? Baby 6 weeks early but perfect. I was pla

I had my son at age 39 and developed post partum cardiomyopathy, bilat pneumonia and congestive heart failure and sepsis, ef 15 in ER 4 days after my son was born. Could retained placenta have caused all this? Baby 6 weeks early but perfect. I was pla

PPCM: Postpartum cardiomyopathy (ppcm) is heart failure secondary to left ventricular systolic dysfunction toward the end of pregnancy or in the months after delivery, in the absence of any other cause of heart failure. Ppcm is a diagnosis of exclusion. Retained placenta is not a cause. ...Read more

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Pulmonary finrosis hypersensitivity pneumonitis not progressed during 1, 5 years on CT but breathlessness and low SPO2 started. Heart been checked, its ok. Can drugs cause it? (micophenolate mofetil)

Pulmonary finrosis hypersensitivity pneumonitis not progressed during 1, 5 years on CT but breathlessness and low SPO2 started. Heart been checked, its ok. Can drugs cause it? (micophenolate mofetil)

Likely pulmonary fib: Even though the CT did not show progression, functionally your air exchange may be reducing from scarring and distortion of the lung structure. The most important step would be avoidance of the agent causing the problem in the first place. ...Read more

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46 has pnuemonia and just found out she has congestive heart failure. Does this mean every time she gets sick fluid will build up around her lungs?

Not exactly: Patients with congestive heart failure develop fluid in the lung tissue as well as outside the lung as one of the complications of congestive heart failure. When the heart is not pumping effectively is does not empty properly, the blood pressure in the lungs is elevated and fluid leaks out of the vessels into the tissues. This can occur whenever the heart failure worsens, like with an infection. ...Read more

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At Dr's today, my heart rate was 130 bpm. Is it because I have walking pneumonia?

At Dr's today, my heart rate was 130 bpm. Is it because I have walking pneumonia?

Perhaps: Heart rate goes up with stress and infection. Yours is a bit high and may mean some dehydration. Really push frequent small water drinks. If you get chest pain or worsening breathing let your family know ASAP! ...Read more

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Should I be concerned that while taking azithromyacin, my heart rate is 64 rather than my normal 85bpm? It's working for my pneumonia, but I'm worried

Should I be concerned that while taking azithromyacin, my heart rate is 64 rather than my normal 85bpm? It's working for my pneumonia, but I'm worried

M.D. follow up/Mgt: If you are being treated as an outpatient for pneumonia, I would suggest finishing the course, but also letting your physician know about your concerns. He may order additional testing such as a 12 lead EKG.
If you develop shortness of breath, worsening cough, dizziness for example, this should be reported to your physician right away. ...Read more

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Pneumonia in low birth weight child with holes in heart, what to do?

Pneumonia in low birth weight child with holes in heart, what to do?

Pneumonia: Get the child a good pediatrician to deal with the problem. Might also need a pediatric cardiologist but the pediatrician can advise that if needed. ...Read more

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What sign would help distinguish if pneumonia v.Congestive heart failure?

What sign would help distinguish if pneumonia v.Congestive heart failure?

Many: Fever, chills, productive cough and chest pain with deep breaths maybe more consistent with pneumonia while shortness of breath that wakes you at night or shortness of breath when laying flat and swelling of the legs may be more consistent with heart failure. If you have any of these symptoms please see your doctor immediately. ...Read more

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How dangerous is pneumonia in a low birth weight child with holes in heart?

How dangerous is pneumonia in a low birth weight child with holes in heart?

Varies: This often depends on the speed with which the pneumonia is recognized and treated, the basic health of the kid, and the type of pneumonia. Most do quite well. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have a successful surgery on a 91 year old male who had an anyuerism of the heart Who just got over pneumonia too.

Is it possible to have a successful surgery on a 91 year old male who had an anyuerism of the heart Who just got over pneumonia too.

It is possible: It is possible but may not be necessary. Many patients with this condition can be managed with good medical therapy. ...Read more

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Woke up with pain in one area on the left side of back, possibly behind the lungs or heart. What could this be? Pneumonia or inflammation?

Pain: Pain is caused by many things. More information would be necessary to postulate the cause of your pain. The most likely, however, with no more information is musculoskeletal pain. Having said that, however, with no more information the possibilities are legion. ...Read more

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I'm sick I either have bronchitis or pneumonia. Is a resting heart rate of 94 normal?

HR of 94 probably ok: Normally hearts beat between 60-100 times a minute when at rest. If some one has a fever or is sick it may be on the higher end of this. ...Read more

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I'm sick I either have bronchitis or pneumonia. Is a resting heart rate of 100- 111 normal?

I'm sick I either have bronchitis or pneumonia. Is a resting heart rate of 100- 111 normal?

Yes: A fast heart rate of 100-110 is normal in the face of fever, illness, dehydration, etc. Make sure to stay hydrated. See your doctor about treatment for bronchitis vs pneumonia. ...Read more

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My grandfather, 83 years old suffered pneumonia and heart enlargement. What is the best way to treat this critical condition?

My grandfather, 83 years old suffered pneumonia and heart enlargement. What is the best way to treat this critical condition?

Need more info: Pneumonia & heart enlargement in his case may or may not have been related to each other. Treatment will depend on the type & severity of lung infection, results from investigations (chest xray, blood tests, echocardiogram etc.), cause of heart enlargement & overall patient's clinical picture. Please discuss it with your doctor to understand how these above factors relate to your grandfather. ...Read more

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Can you explain the pathophysiology of pneumonia and rheumatic heart disease?

Can you explain the pathophysiology of pneumonia and rheumatic heart disease?

Two diff diseases: These are two different diseases. Pneumonia is an infection in the lung that causes fluid to collect within the air spaces (maybe w/in a lobe or more diffuse). Rheumatic heart disease is caused by the body attacking the valves of the heart in response to an untreated/inadequately treated streptococcal (most often group a) infection ("strep throat" or other). ...Read more

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Why does a male person get recuring pneumonia. He has had it 4 times in the last 3 months. Does have copd, heart problems, diabetis 76 years old.?

Why does a male person get recuring pneumonia. He has had it 4 times in the last 3 months. Does have copd, heart problems, diabetis 76 years old.?

Hmmm...: Recurring "pneumonia" usually means there is something else going on. If this is truly pneumonia, more testing is likely in order to evaluate if there is something blocking the airway or there is an unusual organism causing the infection. What is more likely is that there is another explanation. This may be related to uncontrolled COPD or heart failure. Recommend seeing a lung specialist. ...Read more