Pulmonary Edema refers to fluid retention in lungs and is often caused by congestive heart failure. In this condition, the heart is not able to pump blood to the body efficiently; it can back up into the veins that take blood through the lungs to the left side of the heart. Congestive heart failure that leads to pulmonary edema may be caused by: Heart attack, or any disease of the heart that weakens or stiffens the heart muscle (cardiomyopathy) Leaking or narrowed heart valves (mitral or aortic valves) Sudden, severe high blood pressure (hypertension).
Congestive heart failure that leads to pulmonary edema may be caused by:
Symptoms of pulmonary edema include:
The possible causes of pulmonary edema are:
Pulmonary edema is generally treated in the emergency room of hospital, sometimes in an Intensive Care Unit (ICU).