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How is orthopnea diagnosed?

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To diagnose orthopnea, your doctor will ask many questions about your breathing, such as if you cough or wheeze when you lie down and if they get better when you�re upright.

Your doctor will also do several tests to find out why you have fluid in your lungs. The first ones they�ll do can include an X-ray, blood tests, and and echocardiogram. If your doctor finds that you have orthopnea from a heart-related cause, they�ll likely suspect heart failure and treat the condition that�s causing that.

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Pulmonary edema,” “Sleep apnea,” “Diuretics.”

Clinical Methods: The History, Physical, and Laboratory Examinations. 3rd edition: “Chapter 11: Dyspnea, Orthopnea, and Paroxysmal Nocturnal Dyspnea.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Echocardiogram.”

Reviewed by Paul Boyce on January 23, 2020

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Pulmonary edema,” “Sleep apnea,” “Diuretics.”

Clinical Methods: The History, Physical, and Laboratory Examinations. 3rd edition: “Chapter 11: Dyspnea, Orthopnea, and Paroxysmal Nocturnal Dyspnea.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Echocardiogram.”

Reviewed by Paul Boyce on January 23, 2020

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