Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps
A Doctor will be with you shortly
Ask a Doctor Now
133 Doctors are Online

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

Jan 2013
User rating for this question
Very Good
Answered by

Internal Medicine Specialist
Practicing since : 2003
Answered : 1658 Questions
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
Above answer was peer-reviewed by
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Google+
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions
Medical Topics

The user accepted the expert's answer

Ask a Cardiologist

© Ebix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All the information, content and live chat provided on the site is intended to be for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional or medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor before you follow anything that you read on this website. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. Hence, the user assumes the responsibility not to divulge any personally identifiable information in the question. Use of this site is subject to our Terms & Conditions
Already Rated.
Your rating:

Ask a Doctor