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Does bronchitis trigger a heart failure?

My mother is 92 and was put in the hospital yesterday with bronchitis. The doctor is concerned it could trigger heart failure. Is that a possibility? Her sputum is yellow and she's running a fever. They are giving her IV antibiotics, but he is resistant and her lungs are weak (she's old). Thank you.
Wed, 5 Nov 2014
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No bronchitis cannot trigger a heart failure unless she has a weak heart. What it can cause is a respiratory failure , which ultimately can lead to heart failure.

She requires stronger antibiotics , preferable a sputum culture should be sent and antibiotics used as per culture report.

If her condition is deteriorating ask your doctors to put her on Non Invasive Ventilation.

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