My husband had a heart arrhythmia but he has recovered from that due to resetting the heart beats and through medication. He is getting over a cold (came on Dec 17, 2009) and he is still is coughing due to a tickle in his throat. How do you discern between a normal cough and one that is directly related to a heart issue?
Usually patients have symptoms of palpitations or heart racing in the chest, decreased exertional capacity or some shortness of breath. If he had none of these symptoms then when he is having a cold and doesn't feel well he can always get an EKG to check. Finally one can also be a BP ambulatory monitor to see what the pulse is and whether or not it is very irregular either with the cuff or by checking it at the wrist.
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