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Aortic valve replacement done. Feeling difficulty while coughing or sleeping. What to do?

Jan 2013
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my 89 year old father had aortic valve replacement 8 days ago. he is now at home and cannot cough phlegme up saying he feels like hes choking hence not sleeping. should we be contacting the hospital or his own doctor.
Posted Sun, 14 Oct 2012 in Hypertension and Heart Disease
Answered by Dr. Mayank Bhargava 1 hour later
Thanks for posting your query.
Human body has tendency to make phlegme normally and such sputum is expectorated outside.
In case of any chest & lung illness/ weakness of chest muscle, patient is unable to expectorate and infection severity increases & a vicious cycle goes on continue.
Had he undergone open heart surgery got aortic valve replacement?
Presence of wound on chest wall may cause severe pain and difficulty in coughing phlegme.
You should consult with treating doctor and should go for chest x XXXXXX & ECG to rule out any XXXXXX organ injury.
If both of these investigations are normal then there is high chances of muscle pain and should take muscle relaxants with anti-inflammatory.
Put your query if you have.
Best regards,
Dr. Mayank Bhargava
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