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Has progressive cough, dry. On gliclizide, diltiazem for bp and levothyroxine. Further?

hi my mother in law has a progressive cough ..... was dry initially 12mths or so now in last month or two (in conjunction with salbutamol use) has become moist - non productive = more like fluid overload sounding - nil periferal oedema..... nil known cardiac failure - is on gliclizide, diltiazem for bp, and levothyroxine ....
Asked On : Sat, 29 Dec 2012
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Dear patient,

Thanks for the concerns. I agree, a faily common presentation of heart failure is that of chronic cough and shortness of breath that becomes progressive; this should be ruled out by a physician who can conduct a cardiopulmonary examination and perhaps order an echocardiogram or ultrasound of the heart. If there is no clinical evidence of heart failure, he may decide to order a BNP, a blood test to help rule out heart failure. Nevertheless, the causes of chronic cough are many, including infections, reflux, asthma, postnasal drip, etc

Truly yours,

Dr Brenes-Salazar MD
Mayo Clinic
Answered: Sat, 1 Jun 2013
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