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Pulmonary Edema - Prevention and Prognosis


Prevention

Depending on the cause of pulmonary edema, some steps can be taken as preventive measures. Long-term prevention of heart disease and heart attacks, slow elevation to high altitudes, or avoidance of drug overdose can be considered preventive.
On the other hand, some causes may not completely avoidable or preventable, such as ARDS due to an overwhelming infection or a trauma.
Other measures include:
  • Control your blood pressure.
  • Watch your blood cholesterol
  • Don't smoke.
  • Stop smoking
  • Eat healthy diet
  • Limit salt in food
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Manage stress
  • Maintain a healthy weight

Prognosis

The outlook depends on the cause. The condition may get better quickly or slowly. Some people may need to use a breathing machine for a long time. If not treated, this condition can be life threatening.

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