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Dry cough, breathlessness while climbing stairs, slow walking, apetite reduced, diabetic. Diagnosis?

Hello. My mother in law is 60 years old. She gets dry cough very often. She feels breathlessness while climbing stairs or walking for some time. She walks very slow. Her diet has also reduced. This problem is from past one year. She is diabetic also for which she is on medication . Kindly suggest if she needs any medical test to find out why she gets dry cough so often.
Asked On : Tue, 13 Nov 2012
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Since your mother in law is diabetic so she is more prone to heart disease. Breathlessness, cough can be either due to cardiac causes like heart failure or respiratory causes like infection. To know the exact cause of the cough & breathlessness she needs to be examined first by a physician. An Xray of chest & 2D Echo can precisely give us an idea about the reason for cough & breathlessness. Just treating her symptoms will not help her , she needs a detailed evaluation to treat the root cause for her symptoms.
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Answered: Tue, 13 Nov 2012
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