Cough is a defensive reflex of our body that helps get rid of secretions left in the airways. When a person is healthy, the mucous membrane is slightly moist in the bronchi, and when there is excessive discharge, this indicates a disease. Diseases can be quite unexpected!
List illnesses that cause coughing for a long time. In the foreground here are acute respiratory diseases, and, therefore, caused by viruses and bacteria, as well as less common microorganisms, such as chlamydia, mycoplasma and legionella. Another infectious disease that causes coughing is tuberculosis.
Cough can also be a symptom of heart failure. In this case, it increases even with weak physical exertion and interferes with good night rest.
Heart failure (HF) is a disease that is a consequence of a number of cardiovascular diseases, a condition in which the heart cannot pump blood in the quantity that is required for all body tissues. If you get tired quickly, suffocate, you are tormented by a night cough, which therapists call heart, legs become swollen - all this may be the causes of heart failure.
Heart failure is a group of symptoms caused by damage to the heart muscle. Pathologies speak when heart pressure is not enough to satisfy the current needs of the metabolic system.
Dry cough and heart disease
A dry cough or wheezing in the chest often appears with shortness of breath. Coughing, especially chronic, if it is not the result of allergies or colds, may occur in people with an increased risk of cardiovascular diseases: cardiac arrhythmias, mitral stenosis, or various forms of heart failure.
In the later stages, the dry cough becomes wet, the sputum can be painted pink. Refusal of treatment can then manifest in pulmonary edema, abnormal heart rhythm, and neurological symptoms (for example, stroke during atrial fibrillation, which is accompanied by heart failure).
Heart cough: what is it and how to treat it?
This is a very conditional term used by therapists and cardiologists in their practice; it is a violation of the pumping function of the heart and an increase in pressure in the lungs, which reduces the amount of oxygen (hypoxia) supplied by the blood.
Hypoxia of the heart is mainly associated with physical exertion of the coronary vessels. These are the arteries leading from the aorta just beyond the left arterial valve.
Hypoxia due to myocardial ischemia may be associated with:
- sclerotic changes in coronary vessels that restrict blood flow and, therefore, the ability to deliver oxygen;
- spasms of the coronary vessels, such as for angina;
- cardiac rhythm disorders during which the cardiac muscle diastole phase is shortened;
Causes of heart failure
Unlike cough bronchopulmonary, heart has completely different causes and symptoms. At its core, as written earlier, is heart failure. The most common causes of this cough are:
- arterial hypertension;
- cardiomyopathy: dilated, hypertrophic;
- valve disease;
- coronary heart disease;
- congenital and acquired heart disease (defects, abnormalities);
- taking medications related to ACE inhibitors;
- malfunctions of the valve apparatus, caused by various associated diseases and infections associated with the heart muscle.
Symptoms of the disease
The main signs of heart coughing are:
- dry cough, sometimes with a pink gelatinous sputum; in severe cases, there is a release of blood;
- swollen cervical vertebrae;
- pain in the heart and behind the sternum;
- leg swelling and vein swelling;
- blue tips of the nose and lips;
- shortness of breath between coughing fits;
- dry, intense cough at night;
- rapid pulse, along with coughing fits;
- increased intrathoracic pressure;
- the occurrence of cough after minor physical exertion;
- frequent bouts of cough when in a horizontal position;
- short-term loss of consciousness between coughing fits.
Phytotherapy and diet therapy can have an effective effect on improving the strength of the heart, making it more efficient. If signs of heart cough are found, it is recommended to use the antioxidant complex: Selenium (200 µg / day), vitamin E (400 U / day), vitamin C (1000 mg 3 times a day), fatty acids — fish oil (1500 mg twice a day ).
Coenzyme Q10, an antioxidant, helps to increase the amount of oxygen entering the heart’s tissues and muscles. It is recommended from 30 to 50 mg 2 times a day. Seasonal vegetables - onions, garlic, ginger are excellent blood circulation boosters. Increasing fiber and fruit intake, plant fiber, and vegetarian protein sources are also recommended.
Treatment of heart cough herbs
Herbs can be taken in various forms, such as capsules, powders, teas, tinctures and decoctions. Here are some herbs that are successfully applied and struggling with heart coughing.
- Hawthorn (Crataegus oxyacantha) - strengthens the walls of blood vessels, the daily dose is from 3 to 5 g
- Mistletoe extract (Viscum album) - protects against high blood pressure and vascular fragility.
- Rosemary (Rosemariana officinalis) - keeps from exhaustion and nervousness, increases blood flow in the coronary artery, stimulates digestion.
Recipes of traditional medicine
If you have symptoms of heart cough, you can start treatment with folk remedies:
- To 1.2 kg of grated lemon add 1.2 kg of honey and 20 pcs. ground apricot kernels. Combine all the ingredients and take 2 times a day and 1 tbsp. l (preferably early in the morning and in the evening before bedtime).
- Drink ½ tbsp. juice from raw potatoes (preferably red) for 14 days.
- Eat 1 grapefruit in the morning on an empty stomach and in the evening, 2 hours after the last meal.
- Squeeze the juice from half a grapefruit and mix with 1 tbsp. l olive oil. Take 1 time per day for a month. A month later, repeat the course.
- Take 100 g of walnuts, raisins, honey, figs, chop, mix. Take 1 tbsp. l 2 times a day.
- Drink 2-3 cups of green tea throughout the day.
- 250 g grated horseradish grate, pour 3 liters of boiling water and simmer for 20 minutes. Strain. Drink ½ tbsp. 3 times a day.
- 50 g of garlic skip through the garlic; pour 1 tbsp. vodka. Let it stand in a warm place for 3 days. Apply 3 times a day. 8 drops of tincture with a sip of cold water.
Cough is not always a symptom of respiratory diseases. Sometimes it is caused by various pathologies of the cardiovascular system. If you notice the characteristic symptoms of heart cough described above, it's time to see a doctor!