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Can You Die From Cough Syncope
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
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
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
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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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
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
High: You can die messing with any drug to get high. Why don't you get help to stop substance abuse. ...Read more
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 am now worried because when I cough my chest hurts. I barely got any sleep last night. Will I die?
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
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
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
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
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
No: But you might win 10, 000 if you got it on video for america's funniest videos. ...Read more
I drank a beer and 3 hours later I was pressured to take codeine for my cough, will I die or get brain damage????
Not very likely: That you will suffer any harm at all. ...Read more
I took prednisone And coricidin for cough, later in day passed out briefly, could these drugs cause this?
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 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
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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