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How is pulmonary edema treated?

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If you’re having trouble breathing, you’ll get oxygen right away if your oxygen level is low. You may get it through a facemask, or with tubes put inside your nostrils.

Your treatment will depend on what’s causing your pulmonary edema. Whether it’s your heart, medication, or an illness, your doctor will try to deal with the problem that brought it on.

The doctor may prescribe medicine such as a diuretic to lower the pressure on your heart and lungs.

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: "Pulmonary Edema."

American Heart Association: "Types of Heart Failure."

Up to Date: "Noncardiogenic Pulmonary Edema."

Medscape: "Cardiogenic Pulmonary Edema Treatment & Management."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on April 30, 2020

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: "Pulmonary Edema."

American Heart Association: "Types of Heart Failure."

Up to Date: "Noncardiogenic Pulmonary Edema."

Medscape: "Cardiogenic Pulmonary Edema Treatment & Management."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on April 30, 2020

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