JudyKol
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JudyKol, January 31,  2020  9:20am EST

Congested cough

Hi

I am wondering if anyone else has experienced a congested cough along with mitral valve issues and what have you done for it? Do dieuretics completely resolve the issue? Don't really want to add another med....

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  • adhipanyo
    adhipanyo, January 31,  2020  10:01am EST

    I also have mitral regurgitation... before I was getting difficulties with breathing and coughing, manly lying down flat... finding ways to elevate the head and make the bed inclined with head part higher helped. I also got prescribed an ACE inhibitor, that is a more modern drug then the pure diuretics to take regularly. Since then the breathing when problems when lying down seem to have disappeared.

  • Larkspur
    Larkspur, February 3,  2020  1:19pm EST

    Before I had a procedure to repair severe mitral regurgitation, I did have lung issues. Though no doctor was sure that it was related to the mitral regurgitation, they did treat it. Seeing a doctor about this is a good idea. I ended up getting a chest xray and there was fluid in my lungs. They gave me a diuretic and nebulized albuterol which cleared it up.

  • AmbassadorC
    AmbassadorC, February 4,  2020  8:03am EST

    Good morning, 

    I can only speak to my experience post surgery. Upon receiving a mitral valve repair, fluid on my lungs was a side effect for me. While I did experience a slight cough, my issue was that my lungs felt heavy and I hard a hard time carrying on a conversation / breathing. Regardless if I adjusted myself laying down or standing up, it was tough. That said, I was also on diuretics but I also had to get a lung tap to drain the excess fluids. Once that occurred, it was daily xrays until I got released from hospital. My takeaway pearls of wisdom however are to keep open communications with your medical team and don't be afraid to raise your concerns about anything that doesn't feel right. Only you know your body best. Keep on fighting with heart. 

    Ambassador C❤️

  • Larkspur
    Larkspur, February 4,  2020  12:10pm EST

    I can only speak to my experience post surgery. Upon receiving a mitral valve repair, fluid on my lungs was a side effect for me. While I did experience a slight cough, my issue was that my lungs felt heavy and I hard a hard time carrying on a conversation / breathing. Regardless if I adjusted myself laying down or standing up, it was tough. That said, I was also on diuretics but I also had to get a lung tap to drain the excess fluids. Once that occurred, it was daily xrays until I got released from hospital.

    AmbassadorC, that is very interesting as those were the symptoms I had before getting my mitral valve fixed. They did discuss a lung tap but the diuretics and albuterol slowly worked. I think I had 4 chest x-rays before it was fully resolved. Carrying on a conversation and breathing were my issues too. And yes, it was tough. Since we both had similar symptoms that makes it likely that mine was also related to the severe regurgitation. They kept checking for fluid in the legs and feet, but mine was all in the lungs. I have not had any problem like this since the valve was fixed.

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