• Susan  Susan
    May 02, 2008
    inadvance stage of congestive heart fail sudden onset of vomiting &trouble breathing
    Susan  Susan
    May 02, 2008

    My mother is in advance stage of congestive heart failure, and she had a sudden onset of trouble breathing and vomitting, that lasted about 20 min.  Could this be heart related

    She is 91. 



  • Dr. Blaivas
    Health Pro
    June 11, 2008
    Dr. Blaivas
    Health Pro
    May 02, 2008


    Congestive heart failure is when the heart is malfunctioning and unable to meet the metabolic and oxygen demands of the rest of the body.  This dysfunction often causes shortness of breath as the heart can not pump well enough to supply the rest of the body’s needs.  It also can ultimately lead to “water on the lungs”, medically called pulmonary edema, and water retention in other parts of the body, even the intestines, which might lead to nausea or vomiting.  These issues should be reviewed with a cardiologist.



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