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Ok. My Mother just came home from Icu yesterday with

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Ok. My Mother just came home from Icu yesterday with Congestive Heart Failure. Tonight, laying down resting she is telling me that breathing is like being in a stuffy room and she feels like she has to yawn to get a good breath.....Is this cause for alarm?
Submitted: 12 months ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. SH replied 12 months ago.

Thank you for your question.

She should have her head end elevated to help her breathe easily, if you have not done that already.

Breathing problems commonly happen in people who have a weak heart when they lie down flat.

If her symptoms are severe/persistent then she needs to be seen again and have dose of diuretics (water pills) adjusted.

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Expert:  Dr Chaithanya replied 12 months ago.

Hi Kerry,

I'm Dr Chaithnaya, experienced General Physician attending you today.

Breathlessness, Swelling in the legs, Breathlessness during exertion, weakness and fatigue, persistent cough with pink phlegm are the symptoms of heart failure.

If you feel any of these symptoms are constantly present, yes they are alarming symptoms. You need to go to ER if you have any doubts. You need not worry if the symptoms are not constant. If she feels the same the next day, yes time to visit the doctor again.

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