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Old 03-26-2014, 08:58 PM
Status: "Happy Solstice." (set 8 days ago)
Location: The New England part of Ohio
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That's my question. I've been struggling with severe post nasal drip for years. I'm hoping to find out the cause. I already know that I have an extremely deviated septum and enlarged sinus turbinates.

When the PND is active I feel like someone is pouring egg whites down my throat. I gag, cough and spit. A lot.

Sometimes I cough so vigorously that I worry that I'll have a heart attack or a stroke. Is that possible?
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Old 03-26-2014, 09:39 PM
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I think it can, although it's very, very rare.
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Old 03-27-2014, 02:28 PM
Location: Victoria TX
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Obviously, if a person is on the brink of having a stroke or a heart attack (or any other abnormal condition) any non-restful event can push one over the limit and enter a symptomatic phase.

But if you are not already compromised, your body will endure your coughing as well as any other excitation or trauma.
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Old 03-27-2014, 02:59 PM
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OP, here's an interesting site for you to read:
Top 10 Signs of Heart Failure | Yahoo Health
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Old 03-27-2014, 04:44 PM
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Default Heart and coughing

Although it sounds total and catastrophic -- like a power failure -- "heart failure" doesn't mean that the heart just stops (that's "cardiac arrest"). Heart failure is marked by a drop in the heart's pumping ability: It just doesn't do as good a job at pumping the blood, and one common result is lung congestion.

Since coughing is the body's way of clearing the airway and bronchial passages, it makes sense that it's a prominent symptom of heart failure. In fact, an older term for the condition is "congestive heart failure."

The most important advice to give is: If you get chest pain or feel faint or feel an irregular heartbeat, call 911.
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