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Doctor insights on: Is A Chronic Cough A Symptom Of Having Congestive Heart Failure

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Dr. Bennett Werner
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Congestive Heart Failure (Definition)

Congestive heart failure, otherwise known simply as heart failure, is a condition in which the heart muscle is weakened. It may be receiving inadequate blood flow, its valves might be malfunctioning or the heart muscle might have thickened or stiffened. As a result, the heart, which is a pump, cannot supply the body with sufficent oxygen and nutrients. When the left side of the heart is damaged, fluid builds up in the lungs, which results in difficulty breathing. When the right side of the heart is affected, fluid builds up in the extremities and abdomen, resulting in swelling of the legs and poor absorption of nutrients due to ...Read more


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What cough medicine is best for patients that have CHF congestive heart failure?

What cough medicine is best for patients that have CHF congestive heart failure?

No perfect answer: Probably best to avoid combination medicines which contain pseudoephedrine, which many do. This speeds up your heart. Diphenhydramine (benedryl) can dry up secretions. However, it is important to understand that the cough may be due to the chf. Also medications commonly used to treat CHF (ace inhibitors - often end with ..Pril) can sometimes cause a chronic dry cough. Talk to your md. ...Read more

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I have congestive heart failure and fluid build up and just started coughing up blood and phlem?

I have congestive heart failure and fluid build up and just started coughing up blood and phlem?

Go to ER: Congestive heart failure, atrial fibrillation, and now feel like fluid build up with coughing up blood-- suggests exacerbation of CHF and possible added pneumonia. Coughing up blood is related to all above and added effect of blood thinner that you are probably taking. Need to be seen urgently for direct care. ...Read more

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Is a rapid heart rate one of the symptoms of congestive heart failure or coronary disease?

Is a rapid heart rate one of the symptoms of congestive heart failure or coronary disease?

Not primary symptom: Congestive heart failure may be associated with rapid heart beat but this is not the primary symptom. Rapid heart beat is not usually a sign of coronary artery disease. Rapid heart beat can also occur in otherwise normal hearts. ...Read more

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Congestive heart failure - appeared to have died my dad died in front of me, my mom and boyfriend nov. 6th, 2011. We lost him of congestive heart failure with no warning. He was coughing, throwing up and then got dizzy and sat down. He fell off of what he

Congestive heart failure - appeared to have died my dad died in front of me, my mom and boyfriend nov. 6th, 2011. We lost him of congestive heart failure with no warning. He was coughing, throwing up and then got dizzy and sat down. He fell off of what he

Heart attack: What you described is acute pulmonary edema and cardiogenic shock. This is caused by a massive acute heart attack where the heart suddenly stop pumping , fluid rapidly accumulates in the lungs and blood pressure falls as cardiac output drops. This is the most dreaded complication of a heart attack and unfortunately it is frequently fatal. ...Read more

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Congestive heart failure - appeared to have died my dad died in front of me, my mom and boyfriend nov. 6th, 2011. We lost him of congestive heart failure with no warning. He was coughing, throwing up and then got dizzy and sat down. He fell off of what he

Congestive heart failure - appeared to have died my dad died in front of me, my mom and boyfriend nov. 6th, 2011. We lost him of congestive heart failure with no warning. He was coughing, throwing up and then got dizzy and sat down. He fell off of what he

It : It is likely that this was just a reflex, an event that occurs as the body is not able to coordinate voluntary activities anymore and basic activities take place. Given the extent of time that the CPR took, it is likely that he was not aware of what was happening and was no longer in any pain or discomfort. ...Read more

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Congestive heart failure - head dis-coloration my dad died in front of me, my mom and boyfriend nov. 6th, 2011. We lost him of congestive heart failure with no warning. He was coughing, throwing up and then got dizzy and sat down. He fell off of what he w

Congestive heart failure - head dis-coloration my dad died in front of me, my mom and boyfriend nov. 6th, 2011. We lost him of congestive heart failure with no warning. He was coughing, throwing up and then got dizzy and sat down. He fell off of what he w

During : During CPR it is not unusual to increase pressure at particular areas of the body, and small blood vessels on the surface of the skin, or scalp, can easily burst, creating noticeable spots on the skin surface. This also applies to the area around his eyes. So to answer the question, he did not likely bleed internally in this scenario, but rather had some small veins burst on the surface of his face and around his eye that led to what you saw. ...Read more

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Congestive heart failure - stomach bloating my dad died in front of me, my mom and boyfriend nov. 6th, 2011. We lost him of congestive heart failure with no warning. He was coughing, throwing up and then got dizzy and sat down. He fell off of what he was

Congestive heart failure - stomach bloating my dad died in front of me, my mom and boyfriend nov. 6th, 2011. We lost him of congestive heart failure with no warning. He was coughing, throwing up and then got dizzy and sat down. He fell off of what he was

During : During CPR you are breathing for the person and the normal mechanism that prevents air from entering your stomach and makes it go down to your lungs is no longer active. Therefore the stomach gets bloated as a result of air that is being forced into his airway -some of that air goes into the lungs but some gets into the stomach. It doesn't take much for the stomach to get bloated during CPR as the activity of the entire gastrointestinal tract (including the stomach) stops, and so things begin to back up fairly quickly. I doubt that it was blood from his airway causing all of this, although it could have contributed a bit. ...Read more

Dr. Joseph Shen
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Heart Failure (Definition)

Heart failure is a complex set of conditions in which the heart "fails" to pump a normal amount of blood with each beat. This can be due to poor squeezing function (systolic heart failure) and/or a stiff heart incapable of filling normally (diastolic heart failure). Common symptoms include swelling and trouble breathing, particularly when ...Read more


Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

Coughing is an important way to keep your throat and airways clear. However, excessive coughing may mean you have an underlying disease or disorder. Some coughs are dry, while others are considered productive. A productive cough is one ...Read more