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orthopnea, orthopny

a respiratory ailment in which the sufferer can breathe only when standing upright. — orthopneic, adj.
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Noun1.orthopnea - form of dyspnea in which the person can breathe comfortably only when standing or sitting erect; associated with asthma and emphysema and angina pectoris
dyspnea, dyspnoea - difficult or labored respiration
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n. ortópnea, dificultad para respirar excepto en posición erecta.
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The signs and symptoms of this type of heart failure are typically identical to other types of systolic failure (shortness of breath, orthopnea, pulmonary edema, peripheral edema, fatigue).
Symptoms may include shortness of breath, persistent cough, dyspnea on exertion, orthopnea, paroxysmal nocturnal dyspnea, chest pain, palpitations, dizziness, and abdominal discomfort (eg, hepatic congestion).
Despite of these medications, urine output was decreased, serum creatinine level was elevated up to 3.6 mg/dl and the patient began to experience exertional dyspnea and orthopnea so that cardiology consultation was asked.
(7) Direct compression of the trachea and esophagus by goiters has long been known to also cause orthopnea, obstructive dysphagia, and dyspnea.
Patients will also experience varying degrees of orthopnea. In other words, when lying down, these patients will literally feel as though they are drowning because of the accumulation of fluid in their lungs.
Other symptoms of heart failure include dyspnea, orthopnea, early satiety, and exercise intolerance.
One could argue, however, that not exploring a patient's predicament would correspond biomedically to identifying the presence of symptoms (such as anemia, hypertension, a phobia, or orthopnea) but not basing treatment on comprehending their pathophysiology.
Orthopnea Condition in which animal can breath comfortably only when sitting, standing, or extending the neck.
Neoplasms arising in the left atrium may obstruct appropriate circulation through the mitral valve, producing symptoms of heart failure such as dyspnea, orthopnea, paroxysmal nocturnal dyspnea, cough, and fatigue.
The diagnosis of HF was based on clinical symptoms (dyspnea, orthopnea, lung rales, leg edema) and confirmed by echocardiography studies and x-ray examination.
The patient's interdialytic well-being, including recent appetite, symptoms of dyspnea or orthopnea (Mitchell, 2002), and recent antihypertensive use can also be assessed.
The symptoms of CHF include dyspnea, shortness of breath, orthopnea, rales, and peripheral and pulmonary edema.