Disease Information for Pulmonary Edema, Left Ventrical: Definition

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  • Sometimes increased pressure in the blood vessels in your lungs forces fluid into the air sacs, preventing them from absorbing oxygen — a condition called pulmonary edema; In most cases, heart problems cause pulmonary edema; But fluid can accumulate for other reasons, including pneumonia, exposure to certain toxins and medications, and exercising or living at high elevations; Acute pulmonary edema is a medical emergency requiring immediate care; Although pulmonary edema can sometimes prove fatal, the outlook is often good when you receive prompt treatment for pulmonary edema along with therapy for the underlying problem; Signs and symptoms Depending on the cause, pulmonary edema symptoms may appear suddenly or develop slowly over weeks or months; Signs and symptoms that come on suddenly are usually severe and may include:Extreme shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, feeling of suffocating or drowning, Wheezing or gasping for breath, Anxiety, restlessness, a sense of apprehension. A cough that produces frothy sputum that may be tinged with blood, Excessive sweating, Pale skin, Chest pain when pulmonary edema is caused by coronary artery disease,If you develop any of these signs or symptoms, call 911 or emergency medical assistance right away; Pulmonary edema can be fatal if not treated; [Mayo Clinic website]

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