This condition occurs when fluid occupies the tissues and air spaces in the lungs. This usually leads to shortness of breath and other symptoms.
Pulmonary edema is when fluid occupies the tissues and air spaces of the lungs. The buildup of fluid into the lungs usually leads to shortness of breath and other symptoms. One common cause of pulmonary edema is an inability of the heart to pump blood effectively. This is known as heart failure. Heart failure can be caused by:
Pulmonary edema can also be caused by conditions unrelated to heart disease, including:
The symptoms of pulmonary edema can appear quickly (acute) or develop over a period of time (chronic). Some of the symptoms of acute pulmonary edema include:
These symptoms indicate a medical emergency and require immediate medical attention. If you have any of these symptoms, call 911 or emergency medical assistance right away.
Some of the symptoms of chronic pulmonary edema include:
Pulmonary edema caused by high-altitude exposure can also lead to headaches, which may be the first symptom experienced.
Symptoms of pulmonary edema indicate a medical emergency and require immediate medical attention. If you have symptoms of pulmonary edema, call 911 or emergency medical assistance right away.
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