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What is paroxysmal nocturnal dyspnea?



This question is part of Medical Surgical Nursing: Cardiovascular Care
Asked by Frostanity, Last updated: Mar 13, 2020

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b.Lisa

B.Lisa

Answered Feb 26, 2018

Paroxysmal nocturnal dyspnea occurs when a patient has an attack of extreme coughing and shortness of breath while sleeping. It wakes the person up and is a very scary ordeal.

It happens most frequently after they have been asleep for just a few hours. It is relieved by sitting up but can last up to thirty minutes. Patients may also be advised to take deep, even breaths although that can be difficult due to the frightening nature of waking up in such a manner. It can be related to having excess fluid in the lungs and they need an examination by a doctor.

 

John Smith

John Smith

Answered Mar 15, 2017

Paroxysmal nocturnal dyspnea

PND occurs when the patient lies down for a few hours and is awakened with shortness of breath. Reclining and dangling the legs off the bed relieves their dyspnea.
 

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