Is coughing normal in CABG patient?

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Posted on Fri, 10 Jan 2014 in Hypertension and Heart Disease
Question: My 68 yr old father had a bypass surgery done couple of weeks back. He has been coughing continuously post the surgery. Doctors told us that CABG patients would cough and it is good to cough. But the cough does not let him sleep and he has been coughing continuously. He was diagnozed with bronchitis now and he is also diabetic. We are extremely worried about his situation though the surgeon said it'k ok to cough. Kindly let us know if it is risky or we should seek another opinion
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Answered by Dr. Anantharamakrishnan 34 hours later
Brief Answer: Get second opinion Detailed Answer: Dear friend, Welcome to Health Care Magic See his cardiologist (or Internist) / get him examined / at times, basic investigation may be necessary... Cough lasting more than a fortnight needs investigation. X-ray chest, blood counts are the usual starting steps It could be an infection / irritation / injury (to nerve) / heart failure / allergy and so on It may even be drug induced – drugs like ACEI (Angiotensin Converting Enzyme Inhibitors) routinely given in such situations are often responsible. The treating doctor alone can suggest further based on his assessment of the situation. Get a second opinion Good luck Take care Wishing all well God bless
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