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What is acute pulmonary edema?

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Pulmonary edema means you have fluid building up in your lungs. When it comes on suddenly, it's acute pulmonary edema, and it can be life-threatening. Call 911 right away if you have:

You may also feel lightheaded, dizzy, weak, or sweaty, which can signal a drop in blood pressure.

  • Sudden shortness of breath
  • Trouble breathing and a lot of sweating
  • Breath that sounds bubbly or like wheezing or gasping
  • Pink, frothy spit when you cough
  • Blue or gray skin

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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