KONTAN.CO.ID – JAKARTA. Cough is considered a common disease because almost everyone experiences it. Usually, coughing is associated with health problems in the respiratory tract.
Whether it’s a dry cough or cough with phlegm, all of them are considered relatively mild pain and get better with time, either with medication or left alone.
However, coughing can actually be an indication or symptom of a more serious disease or health disorder, such as heart disease. Did you know about this?
Indeed, in general the symptoms or signs of heart disease in the form of shortness of breath and difficulty breathing when lying down. But it turns out that coughing can also secretly be a symptom of this deadly disease.
Reported from BestLifeEva Shelton, MD, internist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, says when heart failure occurs on the left side, blood and fluid from that organ will return to the lungs, causing shortness of breath and coughing.
So what are the characteristics of a cough that is a symptom of heart disease? How can we find out?
1. Wet cough
The first type of cough that can be an early indication of someone suffering from heart disease is a wet cough. The explanation, when blood returns to the lungs due to heart failure, fluid will enter the lungs and make it look like drowning.
“The lungs feel irritated and try to expel the water, so the natural response is to cough, because this cough is the result of fluid buildup in the lungs, so it generally sounds ‘wet’,” explains Dr Shelton.
Wet doesn’t always mean coughing up phlegm, but a cough that sounds like it has water and/or phlegm in it.
Editor: Barratut Taqiyyah Rafie