My husband has passed out three times in the last couple of months while coughing. Twice while we were sitting talking and once while in bed. He woke up, sat on the side of the bed passed out and hit his face on the night stand. The Dr. did an untra sound of his heart and didn't find any thing wrong. Blood test didn't show any thing. He is a health 55, but has smoked for 30 years and does have a smokers hack although he did have a cold with the last two spells. Dr. first said it was a nerve on the heart that the compression of the cough on the chest had caused his blood pressure to drop suddenly that probably caused it, but after 3 times we are all really concerned. His face was red and scrunched during the coughing spell and his eyes were open when he was out. When he woke up after a few seconds, he acted like it never happened. He said he was just tired and was dreaming. Please give us some ideas.
What your husband has experienced is called cough syncope. This means fainting while coughing. It is not unusual, especially with harsh and/or sustained coughing. There is no cure for it. His doctor is right about the sudden drop in blood pressure. The cough interferes with the return of blood to the heart.
Most people have some, although incomplete, control of cough. To the extent that your husband has control, he should try to cough more gently. In addition, to avoid serious injury, when he feels a cough coming, he should sit down or lie down immediately. He should also drink ample liquid so that he does not become dehydrated since this could add dizziness to his situation.
This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.