What Is Pulmonary Edema Related to Heart Failure?

Q:

I know that pulmonary edema can be caused by heart failure. I wanna know more about it.

A:

Pulmonary edema refers to a condition in which excess fluids are accumulated in the lungs. The numerous air sacs caused by the fluids make patients difficult to breathe. The most common cause of the disease is congestive heart failure which can occur due to high blood pressure, aortic or mitral valve disease, or cardiomyopathy.

Pulmonary edema occurs when the heart is not capable of pumping blood out through the arteries at the same speed as it is returned to the heart through the veins. Patients who have the disease caused by congestive heart failure can experience rapid weight gain. The weight is gained from the buildup of fluid in the body, in the legs in particular. It is important to control the input of salt, because congestive heart failure tend to be triggered excess salt input.

 

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