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Doctor insights on: Can You Die From Cough Syncope

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Can you ever cough so hard you feel like passing out?

Can you ever cough so hard you feel like passing out?

Yes: Coughing is spasms can lead to hyperventilation and near syncope (passing out). I had a patient do this at home, church and even in the urgent care. Very scary, but treatment lead to good outcome. ...Read more

Cough Syncope (Definition)

Some people are susceptible to changes in their blood pressure when they change position, move their head suddenly, or cough. The resultant fall of blood pressure leads to decrease blood flow to the brain. Your brain's idea of a solution to this problem is to make you faint. Now that your head is at the same level as your heart, the problem is solved. A true ...Read more


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Can you die from cough syncope?

Can you die from cough syncope?

Unlikely: It would be very rare but possible if you past out and fell injuring your head. ...Read more

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What is cough syncope?

What is cough syncope?

Yes: Cough syncope is passing out in relation to coughing. It is caused by a drop in blood pressure which is caused by the cough stimulating the vagus nerve which leads to the loss in blood pressure. It is the same mechanism as the common "fainting spell" some people have. ...Read more

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What sort of disorder is cough syncope?

What sort of disorder is cough syncope?

Not a real problem: Excessive cough can limit the amount of blood returning to the heart and therefore cause syncope or a blackout spell which is reversible when cough stops. ...Read more

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Do lots of people get cough syncope, or is it unusual?

Do lots of people get cough syncope, or is it unusual?

Not uncommon: Violent coughing can trigger cardio-depressive reflexes that can functionally slow the heart rate, but also because of the high pressures in the chest cavity produced by the fits of coughing, impair blood return to the heart. All this can combine to drop th cardiac output and blood pressure, resulting in faintness or overt (but very transient) loss of consciousness. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: cough syncope?

What is the definition or description of: cough syncope?

Fainting with cough: Some people are susceptible to changes in their blood pressure when they change position, move their head suddenly, or cough. The resultant fall of blood pressure leads to decrease blood flow to the brain. Your brain's idea of a solution to this problem is to make you faint. Now that your head is at the same level as your heart, the problem is solved. A true solution is more complicated. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for cough syncope?

Is there a cure for cough syncope?

Yes: Stop the cough with strong cough suppressants. Evaluate pt. Why he/she coughs. ...Read more

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Can you get a cough syncope while you sleep?

Can you get a cough syncope while you sleep?

Interesting: You can certainly become bradycardic (low heart rate) with cough, sleeping or not. You would not be aware of it if you were sleeping. If you are experiencing sleep problems, a sleep medicine specialist may help. A sleep study may be helpful. ...Read more

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Do people with cough syncope have a lot of pain?

Do people with cough syncope have a lot of pain?

Usually not: Unless you break a bone when you pass out. Actually the cough that leads to syncope is usually a powerful cough and that can result in pain, but the syndrome itself is not associated with pain. ...Read more

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My doctors says I have cough syncope? What is this and will it go away?

Too much pressure: Cough syncope is a condition where you pass out after a coughing spell. Many times this is due to simply being dehydrated. The reason this can happen is this: when you cough, you generate a lot of pressure in the chest. This can compress the veins leading to your heart, which then supply the rest of the body. If you are dehydrated, the veins can more easily collapse, causing the fainting. ...Read more

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Can you get cough syncope while you sleeping?

Can you get cough syncope while you sleeping?

Cough syncope: Yes, it is possible, but the question is how does one know if that occurs if the person is sleeping. Advise sleep evaluation and study to make sure this is not nocturnal laryngospasm or night time choking in sleep. ...Read more

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Are there some genetic reasons I get cough syncope off and on?

Are there some genetic reasons I get cough syncope off and on?

Not yet, but...: I'm not aware of a genetic linkage for cough syncope. That doesn't mean it doesn't exist, just that its not strong enough to appear on current genome-wide association studies, or other linkage analyses. Single gene diseases are the easiest to track and link to a gene. Most complex diseases (like cough syncope) are caused by multiple interacting genes, and are therefore very hard to characterize. ...Read more

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What is best treatment for cough syncope besides quitting smoking?

What is best treatment for cough syncope besides quitting smoking?

See Doctor: Cough can have many causes and should be evaluated by your Doctor in order to determine the right treatment course. Stopping smoking would be appropriate. ...Read more

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Having dry cough for last 2.5months. Had 12 episodes of cough syncope, losing consciousness for 2 seconds. Did all the tests related to Neuro, Cardiology, ENT & Pulmonology. Echo shows normal. HOLTER Monitor test for 24 hrs shows normal. MRI & CT

Having dry cough for last 2.5months. Had 12 episodes of cough syncope, losing consciousness for 2 seconds. Did all the tests related to Neuro, Cardiology, ENT & Pulmonology. Echo shows normal. HOLTER Monitor test for 24 hrs shows normal. MRI & CT

Unusual severity: This is unusually a severe presentation. However if nothing is found yet look for environmental allergy like inhalants such as dust molds pollens or food allergy. To learn more how to treat the foundational causes Please visit us at www. Ehacstl. Com ...Read more

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Can I die if I took about 5 cough drops through out the day?

Can I die if I took about 5 cough drops through out the day?

NO, Doubtful.: No, you would not die by taking 5 cough drops in a day, unless they got stuck in your throat and you choked on them. ...Read more

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I had a ricola cough drop I looked online it said certain herbs in the cough drop are dangerous to the baby and can cause the baby to die is this true?

I had a ricola cough drop I looked online it said certain herbs in the cough drop are dangerous to the baby and can cause the baby to die is this true?

Cough drops not safe: Babies and small children should not be given any kind of cough drops or any other cough and cold medicines. They do not help and do more harm and serious problems. ...Read more

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I am now worried because when I cough my chest hurts. I barely got any sleep last night. Will I die?

I am now worried because when I cough my chest hurts. I barely got any sleep last night. Will I die?

Chest pain: The cause for cough should be identified and treated. Repeated bouts of cough could cause chest pain. You need a physician visit to get physical and diagnostic tests. ...Read more

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If fluid goes into lungs while drinking, can this cause person to choke and die, if efforts to cough it out doesn't work or one couldn't cough?

If fluid goes into lungs while drinking, can this cause person to choke and die, if efforts to cough it out doesn't work or one couldn't cough?

Yes, possible: This is called aspiration. A massive aspiration event could cause drowning and death. More often, small amounts of repeated aspiration lead to a pneumonia. Unless the cause of the aspiration is addressed, it will continue to be a threat to the person's life and well-being. ...Read more

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My dad has had a heavy cough the past few days. Tonight he passed out while suspected choking. He came back to, but could something else be wrong?

My dad has had a heavy cough the past few days. Tonight he passed out while suspected choking. He came back to, but could something else be wrong?

Yes: First he should be examined by his family physician to diagnose the cause of coughing for a few days. Secondly coughing very heavily can set off something we call a vaso-vagal syndrome and cause him to be lightheaded or even pass out. Most people recover without problems, but have him get an exam as noted above. ...Read more

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What happens if alcohol gives me an instant headache, and makes me cough blood and collapse, am I gonna die?

What happens if alcohol gives me an instant headache, and makes me cough blood and collapse, am I gonna die?

Not necessarily.: However, if you are so ill that you have collapsed then medical evaluation would be prudent. ...Read more

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I have a 39.5 temperature. I'm freezing to death without a heater and clothes! I have back pains cough and migraine?

I have a 39.5 temperature. I'm freezing to death without a heater and clothes! I have back pains cough and migraine?

Go To The Doctor: You are feverish, ill and you have symptoms that could represent significant danger. Please put away the smart phone and get to the doctor today. ...Read more

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I feel like death. My concussion is worse today, and I have a fever and cough also. My dr said there is nothing he can do. Tons of sleep for me!

I feel like death. My concussion is worse today, and I have a fever and cough also. My dr said there is nothing he can do. Tons of sleep for me!

Concussion-CT scan: Concussions may lead to headache, nausea, and vomiting. If you have already had a ct scan of the head, and it is ok, then it is probably a wait and watch situation. However, if you haven't had a ct scan of the head, that is something to consider. Finally, if the symptoms worsen or don't improve, consider a repeat ct scan of the head to ensure that there is no delayed bleeding or swelling. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have a heart attack without any warning signs? Symptoms of heart attack (dizziness, anxiety, cough, fainting, etc) are very similar to other conditions, how can I figure out if those are signs of heart attack?

Is it possible to have a heart attack without any warning signs? Symptoms of heart attack (dizziness, anxiety, cough, fainting, etc) are very similar to other conditions, how can I figure out if those are signs of heart attack?

Chest: Chest pressure, shortness of breath, nausea, and sweating are the most common symptoms of a heart attack. Some people will describe it as feeling like indigestion, or may have aching in the arms, jaw, shoulder, or upper back.

The likelihood of a heart attack increases as the number of symptoms increase, and the probability is also higher in someone over the age of forty. These symptoms are also more worrisome in people who smoke, have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, or a family history of heart disease. However, it is quite possible to have a heart attack with few or mild symptoms, and while less common, they can occur in people under the age of forty.

Unfortunately, many other conditions can produce symptoms that are similar or identical to a heart attack, including heartburn, panic attacks, collapsed lungs, and pulmonary embolism.

It may be impossible to distinguish a heart attack from other conditions without testing, even for a seasoned physician. For this reason, you should seek care immediately if these symptoms occur. Unexplained fainting should always be checked out promptly. Similarly, chest discomfort or difficulty breathing that lasts more than 10-15 minutes is grounds for going to the nearest emergency room. ...Read more

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


Dr. Rajiva Goyal
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Syncope (Definition)

Loss of consciousness and postural tone caused by diminished cerebral blood flow. Syncope may indicate a particular medical condition, however often it may occur in an otherwise healthy individual. It is a common problem, accounting for 3% ...Read more