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Heart failure & cough

Hi guys, I have been referred to heart failure clinic ....appointment for November. ....I have recently developed an annoying flemy cough....any ideas.....I am quite frightened.

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Cough with clear or bubbly spit can be a sign of heart failure. More common though is the phlegmy or mucus like spit of bronchitis. This is thicker and more sticky. If you get breathless at night, some extra pillows might be worth trying.

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Thank you I will try pillows........

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and maybe a book or two under the feet of your bed at the head end....

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Thank you.......

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I would go get checked at your doctor's You may need antibiotics or steroids if there is a problem

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Thank you

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What medication are you on? I had to change mine in the early days because one of the side effects was a nasty cough, ramipril for example.

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Just Furosemide & Rivaroxaban......what meds are you on now.....thank you for your help.

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Loads! Apixiban, atorvastatin, bisoprolol, digoxin, Entresto, furosemide and others as needed.

Hope you get sorted out very soon. I’m lots better than I was two years ago because my meds are sorted out. Takes a while to get the right ones and the correct dosage.

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Gosh! thank you so much that gives me hope that something different might help ....best wishes & hope you stay as well as poss.

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Hi

Sounds about like me,

With meds, for HF, was referred to the heart failure clinic last July

As my echo has plummeted,

I’m on furosemide bisoprolol

Two blood pressure meds

And a new anticoagulant Apixaban

Hoping to get a script for Entresto this week at my check up,

Have to say it scared the daylight out of me, started reading all the stuff on google ..

I do not have a cough, but do have some fluid on my lungs,

I have not had so much breathlessness though with the extra meds

Glad to hear it has improved you’re life, I’m hoping for the same,

I have a sick husband with Parkinson’s

And a possible move into extra care housing..

you gave me a little hope reading you’re message

💕

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Roseyuk , I hope they find you to be a suitable candidate for Entresto. I’m on the highest dose and am feeling almost back to normal. I had two years of thinking I’d never be well again and that I was heading towards the end of life as I had known it, but, even though I had a few dizzy spells and some breathlessness, those blips have sorted themselves and the efficacy of Entresto has kicked in. I don’t even need as much furosemide as I used to. I was on 40 mg, three times a day, now 40 mg on alternate days is usually adequate .

All the very best with your treatment.

I have AF, heart failure and dilated cardiomyopathy, but my heart function has gone from severely impaired to moderately impaired since starting Entresto. Xx

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Hi

Can you list your meds for the group?

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Only Rivaroxaban & Furosomide......I don't tolerate most of the heart meds...have in the past been on Sotalol, Amiodarone & Digoxin......all of which made me either more breathless or dropped my heart rate below 40....have recently had a lung xray, which was ok.....showed enlarged heart known about beforehand.

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I had this problem - cough lasted long time. Had respitory tests and all okay. Mine improved after I took Furosomide but cannot say if was def cure. Do you have a runny nose too? Could be that mucus running down back of throat or acid reflux. Hope your prob resolves soon. I take meds for heart failure but was not any of them that caused cough or phlegm.

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Have recently started daily Furosemide. ..so hoping this will help....no acid reflux or runny nose....what medication are you on.....thank you for your reply.

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please research into n-acetyl-l-cysteine (NAC), a mucolytic; it will boost your body's Glutathione production; it helped me with coughing symptom due to CHF

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Sounds interesting novice

Can you post any links please

Thanks

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#6 in draxe.com/l-cysteine/

also

openaccessjournals.com/arti...

Heart failure

ƒ Treatment with NAC in hemodialysis patients was shown to reduce heart failure symptoms and other cardiovascular events. Its

administration can also normalize serum TNF-a

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I take NAC everyday . So does my husband. We have not had a cold or anything worse since March 2016. It boosts the immune system. Here in France they sell it in sachets in the chemists to treat coughs . That was how I discovered it. But the dissoluble sachets have aspartame in so I prefer to buy it in capsules on internet. Cheaper too as there is no Boots or the like here and chemists are very expensive for supplements.

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I have looked this up & ordered .......looks very interesting. ..thank you for your information. ..

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Just FYI, I keep liquid B12 handy as it works quickly on my coughs

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Hi, Bluebell, Snap, Is it fluid or Phlegm, I have the same symptoms, and am having a Echocardiogram on the 10th October, I too was referred to the Heart Failure Clinic, and thought, Geez what is going on, You are not alone, I will keep you in my thoughts, and my prayers.

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Thank you it is such a comfort to know there are others going through similar problems. ......not so lonely. ...my thoughts will be with you....all the best for your echo.xx

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Hey there , I went into heart failure in 2013 after contracting a virus which attacked my heart ( they think) , these days though I’m back in normal range with the help of a few good meds and have been cardioverted 3 times . most important dont panic, it doesn’t help, keep calm and research your condition , ask questions from your doctors , if you do t think it sounds right, switch doctors , they’re not gods although some seem to believe they are and they have different ideas , if your in Heart failure I imagine your Ejection Fraction rate ( pumping volume ) is below 50, ( normal range 50-75%) which can cause you to retain fluid in lungs causing Flemy cough like you’ve got fluid in your lungs . At first it all sounds doom and gloom, and while each case is unique , there’s a lot of medical advancements which can lead to you leading a normal life once getting over the initial hurtle .

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Hi steve, Most of the meds I was given made me a lot worse, cardioversion 3 times unsuccessfully, guess I'm just one of the difficult ones, not a clue what my Ejection Fraction rate is (are you in the USA ) you guys seem to get far more info.....just on Furosemide & Rivaroxaban. ....I do take Magnesium Taurate which I find helps calming my AF....& of course people like you giving me hope & information. Many thanks. xx

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