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What is chronic pulmonary edema?

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Pulmonary edema means you have fluid building up in your lungs. When the problem happens over time, it’s called chronic. You may:

  • Be tired
  • Gain weight rapidly
  • Have more breathing problems than usual when you're doing things
  • Have swollen legs and feet
  • Have trouble breathing when lying down
  • Wake up at night with a breathless feeling that gets better if you sit up
  • Wheeze

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 Laura J. Martin on July 11, 2018

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 Laura J. Martin on July 11, 2018

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