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Can increased water consumption cause pulmonary edema?

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Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
3 doctors agree

In brief: Depends

You couldn't drink yourself into pulmonary edema if you had a normal heart and kidneys.
It would be virtually impossible. If you have heart failure, however, or kidneys that are not functioning normally, then definitely you can get pulmonary edema from too much water consumption. The same goes if you take too much salt and have abnormal heart or kidney function.

In brief: Depends

You couldn't drink yourself into pulmonary edema if you had a normal heart and kidneys.
It would be virtually impossible. If you have heart failure, however, or kidneys that are not functioning normally, then definitely you can get pulmonary edema from too much water consumption. The same goes if you take too much salt and have abnormal heart or kidney function.
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Dr. William Walsh
I have actually cared for someone with psychogenic polydypsea who drank himself onto a ventilator and hemodialysis... No underlaying renal or cardiac disease found and any point... But this is extremely rare, and we are writing his case up.
Dr. Kim Kuhar
Internal Medicine

In brief: No

Not unless you have heart disease.

In brief: No

Not unless you have heart disease.
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