Diagnosis because pulmonary edema requires prompt treatment youll initially be diagnosed on the basis of your symptoms and a physical exam electrocardiogram and chest x ray once your condition is more stable your doctor will ask about your medical history especially whether you have ever had cardiovascular or lung disease. Mitral stenosis is a condition in which the valve does not open fully causing restriction of blood flowmitral stenosis means that the valve cannot open enoughas a result less blood flows to the bodythe upper heart chamber swells as pressure builds upblood and fluid may then collect in the lung tissue pulmonary edema making it hard to breathesymptoms are1. Healthcare providers may check for problems with your heart valves and signs of heart failure this may be done to find the cause of your pulmonary edema how is pulmonary edema treated treatment will depend on what caused your pulmonary edema if high altitude caused your pulmonary edema your symptoms may go away when you go to a lower altitude. Pulmonary edema is a collection of excess fluid in the lungs pulmonary edema is classified as either cardiogenic caused by heart problems and non cardiogenic the primary symptom of pulmonary edema is shortness of breath pulmonary edema can be a life threatening medical situation the treatment . Pulmonary edema can be a chronic condition or it can develop suddenly and quickly become life threatening the life threatening type of pulmonary edema occurs when a large amount of fluid suddenly shifts from the pulmonary blood vessels into the lung due to lung problems heart attack trauma or toxic chemicals
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