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What causes difficulty in breathing while lying down?

Hello I am having a hard time breathing at night when I lay down. Its been goin on for a month now I cant sleep because of it. I try sitting up on the couch to get some sleep but thats not working either I feel like I am gasping for air when I lay down.



Wed, 20 Jul 2016
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Pulmonologist 's  Response
Thanks for your question on Healthcare Magic.
I can understand your concern.
You are having orthopnea (breathing difficulty on lying down).
Orthopnea is classical symptom of heart diseases like heart failure and coronary artery disease (CAD).
So without wasting much time, you should immediately consult cardiologist and get done
1. Blood pressure monitoring
2. Ecg
3. 2d echo
4. Stress test
5. Coronary angiography (if required).
You may need diuretics and other cardiac supportive drugs.
Don't worry, early diagnosis and treatment will definitely resolve your symptoms.
Hope I have solved your query. I will be happy to help you further. Wish you good health. Thanks.
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