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Pulmonary Edema (cont.)

When to Seek Medical Care

Unexplained shortness of breath is not normal, and medical care should be accessed to find the reason.

Pulmonary edema can be a life-threatening situation. For persons in respiratory distress, emergency care should be sought immediately. In many places, 911 activates the emergency response system, and this may be appropriate if the patient is in distress. In addition to struggle with breathing, these individuals may be weak, lethargic, ashen or blue in color, pale, and sweaty. They may be coughing up frothy sputum

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/30/2014

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