Shortness of breath while lying down or that occurs after several
hours of sleep can be a sign of heart failure. Shortness of breath may be a
result of buildup of fluid in the lungs (pulmonary edema).
When a person is standing or sitting upright, gravity helps keep the
lung area relatively free of excess fluid. The effect of gravity is lost and
fluid can easily build up in the lungs when a person lies down.
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In heart failure, the heart is not able to handle the increased
volume of returning blood. When lying down, fluid from the backed-up blood
collects in the lungs, causing shortness of breath or a feeling of
Primary Medical Reviewer
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
George Philippides, MD - Cardiology
July 28, 2010
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July 28, 2010
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