Cough, Difficulty breathing when lying down: 11 Possible Causes
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What causes cough and difficulty breathing when lying down? 11 possible conditions

See a list of possible causes in order from the most common to the least.


Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)

Congestive heart failure (CHF) is a chronic condition that affects the chambers of your heart. CHF refers to fluid buildup around your heart.

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Pulmonary Edema

This condition is considered a medical emergency. Urgent care may be required.

Pulmonary edema is a condition in which the lungs fill with fluid. When this occurs, the body struggles to get enough oxygen, often resulting in breathlessness, coughing, excessive sweating, and bluish skin or lips.

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Heart Failure

Heart failure is characterized by the heart's inability to pump an adequate supply of blood. Learn about heart failure symptoms, causes, types, and treatment.

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Chronic Bronchitis

Learn about the causes and treatment of acute bronchitis.

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Peripartum Cardiomyopathy

Peripartum cardiomyopathy is a rare type of heart failure that occurs during pregnancy or immediately after delivery.

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Ischemic Cardiomyopathy

Ischemic cardiomyopathy (IC) is a condition that occurs when the heart muscle is weakened. It's usually caused by heart attack or coronary artery disease.

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Dissection of the Aorta

This condition is considered a medical emergency. Urgent care may be required.

The aorta is a large artery that carries blood out of your heart. If you experience a dissection of the aorta, it means that blood has entered the wall of the artery, between the inner and middle layers. This can happe...

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Hypertensive Heart Disease

Hypertensive heart disease refers to heart conditions caused by high blood pressure. Possible signs of acute hypertension include sweating and chills.

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Mitral Valve Prolapse

In mitral valve prolapse the flaps of the heart's mitral valve do not close correctly, which can make blood leak from one chamber into another. Lifelong heart abnormalities likely contribute to this condition.

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Mitral Valve Stenosis

Mitral valve stenosis, also known as mitral stenosis, is when the mitral valve opening is narrowed. This means that not enough blood can flow through it.

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Alcoholic Cardiomyopathy

Alcoholic cardiomyopathy is a form of heart disease caused by alcohol abuse. Long-term alcohol abuse weakens and thins the heart muscle. The damaged muscle cannot pump blood as it should, which deprives the bod...

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