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water retention in the lungs
Posted by: John
Date: March 6, 2001 11:56 PM

What would be a cause of water retention, especially in the lungs? Could a heart condition cause such a problem?

RE: water retention in the lungs
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: March 7, 2001 1:46 AM

Water retention in the lungs is ordinarily associated with congestive heart failure which is due to a weakening heart muscle. This is merely the way we think of it. The heart, liver, and kidneys work as a team, each depends on the others, and unless there is catastrophic damage to one of them, when they fail they fail as a team. To a certain degree they can cover for each other. The kidneys and liver are both detoxifiers. When one is weakened, the other can increase its function to some degree. The kidneys are responsible for fluid balance; however, they require sufficient blood to be pumped from the heart and sufficient detoxification by the liver to perform that function. So, there can be primary kidney failure or secondary kidney failure due to failure of other organs. Needless to say, these three organs to not operate in a vacuum; they depend on the other organs for sustenance. Water retention in the lungs indicates systemic failure, not merely failure of one organ. I hope this helps you to understand it a bit.



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