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What is orthopnea?

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Orthopnea is when you find it harder to breathe when you lie down because of fluid in your lungs. It usually comes on over time, but in some cases, it can happen suddenly.

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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