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Why can pulmonary edema cause shortness of breath?

Why can pulmonary edema cause shortness of breath?

Gas Exchange: Pulmonary edema affects the flow of oxygen from airsacs / alveoli to blood vessels in the lungs called capillaries. This is called gas exchange and results in low oxygen levels. ...Read more

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Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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Edema (Definition)

Edema is also known as Swelling. Fluid in the tissues, either caused by something local to the swollen area like an injury or inflammation, or from the body's retention of water. Gravity brings the fluid to the feet & legs in that case. As a general rule, if one foot is swollen, something is wrong with the foot. If both feet are swollen, it's not the feet, but water ...Read more


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Can fludrocortisone dilute blood too much and cause shortness of breath without causing pulmonary oedema or heart failure?

Can fludrocortisone dilute blood too much and cause shortness of breath without causing pulmonary oedema or heart failure?

Unlikely: Fludrocortisone is more likely to cause electrolyte changes or changes in glucose metabolism. Vascular volume changes significant enough to cause dilutional anemia (to the extent that oxygen delivery is affected) or congestive heart failure (if not already significantly predisposed) would not be likely. Notify the prescribing physician so appropriate follow up is arranged. Good luck! ...Read more

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I had breathlessness, palpitation.In icu, pulmonary edema found, fixed by lasix. Lvef 38-45%, hr 75-90, HDL 61, LDL 155, BP 130/80. Do i need CT angiography or catheter angiography, cardiac eps?

More info: At this moment not enough info. Pulm edema is a serious problem. Most commonly from heart failure. But, can happen from a severe chronic lung disease, exacerbated. From volume overload in renal failure, liver failure/cirrhosis, severe acute lung injury from trauma, pneumonia, cancer, etc. Are you out of the hospital? ...Read more

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Edema compression hose causing life threatining shortness of breath, sweating, fainting, cause of this?

Edema compression hose causing life threatining shortness of breath, sweating, fainting, cause of this?

NO: Compression hose per se doesn't cause this - i would be concerned that application of the hose dislodged a pre-existing deep vein thrombosis (clot) with resulting pulmonary embolism (clot to the lung). This must be addressed at a hospital. A spiral ct angiogram of the lung is the test of choice. ...Read more

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If fludrocortisone caused shortness of breath but without edema or crackles why would it do this? Also pee lots of clear fluid on it

If fludrocortisone caused shortness of breath but without edema or crackles why would it do this? Also pee lots of clear fluid on it

My take is ...: Why and how long have you taken fludrocortisone? How soon did these symptoms develop after its use? To know about it side effects, to http://www.drugs.com/sfx/fludrocortisone-side-effects.html. To deduce its effect with SOB, check with Doc. Peeing clear urine indicates peeing diluted urine usually from fluid overconsumption or defected concentration of kidneys. So, check the site and your Doc... ...Read more

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Does pulmonary TB scars cause shortness of breath during sex?

Does pulmonary TB scars cause shortness of breath during sex?

Tuberculosis: This obviously depends upon the extent of the scarring. If it is severe enough to cause shortness of breath with exertion this would not be confined to sexual activity, but to any form of extreme exercise. It would be unusual in the USA to see pulmonary scarring of that extent, assuming the TB had been recognized and treated appropriately. ...Read more

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Could cryofibrinogenemia cause shortness of breath and/or mild pulmonary hypertension that increases at times in intensity, improving overall with daily low-dose hydrocortisone?

Could cryofibrinogenemia cause shortness of breath and/or mild pulmonary hypertension that increases at times in intensity, improving overall with daily low-dose hydrocortisone?

Theoretically yes: Cryofibrinogenemia increases your risk of arterial and venous clots. Anything that does this, including clotting disorders, can increase your risk for pulmonary hypertension. And because cryofibrinogenemia is associated with inflammation, Hydrocortisone treatment would theoretically decrease inflammation and your risk for pulmonary hypertension. ...Read more

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If the heart and lungs are fine, no anemia etc but the brain receives less blood due to say hypotension could it cause shortness of breath?

If the heart and lungs are fine, no anemia etc but the brain receives less blood due to say hypotension could it cause shortness of breath?

Highly Unlikely!: Hypotension drives dizziness, slowness of mental function, etc; dyspnea (shortness of breath) very unlikely. Dyspnea typically a result of exercise, anxiety &/or increased congestion in lungs, as perceived in brain. Having a "normal" echo or MRI does no exclude this because they do not reveal diastolic function, pulmonary venous pressures or air flow; only possibly changes of chronic elevation. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Fluid In The Lungs (Definition)

Fluid around lungs has many causes. It can be exudate(thick i.E pus from infection, malignancy etc) or transudative(heart failure). It may be treated based on the problem found by sampling(thoracentesis). Labs on the fluid help the clinician determine the etiology. For recurring pleural fluid, sometime pleuradesis is necessary to hep prevent recurrance. Need ...Read more


Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more