Heart Disease Community
coughing after heart surgery
About This Community:

This patient support community is for discussions relating to angina, angioplasty, arrhythmia, bypass surgery, cardiomyopathy, coronary artery disease, defibrillator, heart attack, heart disease, mitral valve, pacemaker, PAD, stenosis, and stress tests.

Font Size:
A
A
A
Background:
Blank
Blank
Blank
Blank Blank

coughing after heart surgery

My mom had a bypass heart surgery last week and she hasn't stopped coughing.  She has become very exhausted and continues to have severe cough.  The doctors have given her several pain medicine, but is it normal for her to cough to much and for such a long time? Is it safe to rub vapor rub(vicks) on her chest?  Is it safe for her to be released from the hospital yet?
Related Discussions
3 Comments Post a Comment
Blank
Avatar_n_tn
Is she on an Ace Inhibitor medication such as Lisinopril, Enalapril, Captopril, or other "pril"?  If so, is the cough a dry nonproductive type cough?
Blank
61536_tn?1340701763
She needs to find out why she is coughing.  Have her call the cardiologist who is treating her.  HOpe all is well.
Blank
Avatar_n_tn
My grandfather had a quadruple bypass several months ago and is still coughing and as an allied health professional I see this often in the hospital particularly the cardiovascular recovery unit.  So, this coughing is common with this type of procedure.  I know that doesn't give you must comfort.  She and her doctors might just have to do their best to manage the situation.  But, there is a good chance this can continue for months unfortunately.  

My Grandfather was coughing so much that he had to miss an important family/religious event.  It's really sad when you have a condition that restricts someone so much, and he was never like this his whole life.  But, then again without the bypass your Mother and my Grandfather probably wouldn't be around at all.    

You might want to try fresh whole Eucalyptus leaves with your mom.  Soak it it hot water and have her breath it in--you can also make a tea with it.  Just keep working with the docs until you find a long-term solution.  But, realize that some days are going to be worse than others.  Like I said, it's a management situation.  Good luck with her!  One other thing-- if her coughs are productive encourage her to get the mucous out and not let it settle back.  If and when she can get up and walk that might help to get the blood circulating.  When she has permission encourage her to walk.  
Blank
Post a Comment
To
Top Heart Disease Answerers
976897_tn?1379171202
Blank
ed34
watford, United Kingdom
159619_tn?1318997813
Blank
erijon
Salt Lake City, UT
63984_tn?1385441539
Blank
Flycaster305
97303, OR
612551_tn?1247839157
Blank
Jerry_NJ
NJ
Avatar_f_tn
Blank
skydnsr
212161_tn?1391090750
Blank
heartfluttersflyawayplz
hoschton, GA
MedHelp Health Answers
Blank
BloodPressure Tracker
Monitor Your Blood Pressure
Start Tracking Now
Blank
HeartRhythm Tracker
Track your Heart Condition
Start Tracking Now
Recent Activity
1755089_tn?1376057155
Blank
drewlevas uploaded new photos
6 hrs ago
Avatar_m_tn
Blank
jave123 added the Heart Rhythm Tracker
18 hrs ago
Avatar_m_tn
Blank
keltan commented on Attention All Mouth B...
21 hrs ago
Heart Disease Community Resources
RSS Expert Activity
233488_tn?1310696703
Blank
New Cannabis Article from NORTH Mag...
Jul 20 by John C Hagan III, MD, FACS, FAAOBlank
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
3 Reasons Why You are Still Binge E...
Jul 14 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
Emotional Eating: What Your Closet ...
Jul 09 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
Top Heart Disease Answerers
976897_tn?1379171202
Blank
ed34
watford, United Kingdom
159619_tn?1318997813
Blank
erijon
Salt Lake City, UT
63984_tn?1385441539
Blank
Flycaster305
97303, OR
612551_tn?1247839157
Blank
Jerry_NJ
NJ
Avatar_f_tn
Blank
skydnsr
212161_tn?1391090750
Blank
heartfluttersflyawayplz
hoschton, GA