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chronic bronchitus(bronchitis) or congestive heart failure
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chronic bronchitus(bronchitis) or congestive heart failure

My grandmother who is 90 has really bad chronic bronchitus (bronchitis).  She has never smoked and never lived with smokers.  However, she had a bad car accident about 50 years ago in which her lungs collapsed.  She also had a few broken ribs which did not heal properly.  After the accident she didn't immediately develope bronchitus (bronchitis) but after many years.  She also has congestive heart failure.  Do you think the chronic bronchitus (bronchitis) symptoms are caused more by congestive heart failure or previous injuries?  She gets good medical car but can you think of anything that would make her more confortable.  She isn't seeing a specialist so I thought that you might have suggestions not thought of by her doctor.

Thanks

I don't beleive I got through twice!  I appreciate the advice given before!
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That is a very interesting question but without knowing more about your grandmother's chronic bronchitis and congestive heart failure, including her symptoms, test results and treatment, it is very difficult to make even general recommendations. It may be helpful to call Lung Line at 1-800-222-LUNG (5864) and speak with one of the nurses about your grandmother's condition. In addition, we can mail our booklet on chronic bronchitis to you and that reviews our general recommendations.
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