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Pulmonary Edema (cont.)

Self-Care at Home

Persons who have new, unexplained shortness of breath should seek medical care immediately. If the individual appears to be in distress, the emergency medical system should be activated (call 911 if available). First responders, EMTs, and paramedics can provide life-saving initial treatment on the scene and en-route to a hospital.

For high altitude pulmonary edema, the first treatment goal is to descend and bring the affected person to lower altitude if possible.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/15/2016

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