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The Ultimate Orthopnea Quiz
by Staff
Orthopnea and related conditions, such as paroxysmal nocturnal dyspnea, are conditions causing breathlessness while you sleep. They are indications of serious problems occurring in your body and should not be ignored.

In what position do people with orthopnea find it difficult to breathe?

  • standing
  • lying down
  • sitting

How is the severity of orthopnea often measured?

  • by how long you can sleep lying flat
  • by how long you have suffered from it
  • by how many pillows you use

What serious condition does orthopnea often indicate?

  • heart failure
  • cerebral edema
  • punctured lung

What builds up in the lungs when a person lies down?

  • carbon dioxide
  • fluid
  • nitrogen

What sort of diet is recommended for people with orthopnea?

  • low-salt
  • high-salt
  • low-protein

What sort of medications are used as a first line of defense for treating orthopnea?

  • ventolin
  • paracetamol
  • diuretics

What other symptom of heart failure often occurs with orthopnea?

  • night sweats
  • swelling in the feet
  • frequent need to urinate

Paroxysmal nocturnal dyspnea is a condition related to orthopnea. How does one experience it?

  • suddenly
  • over a couple of hours
  • as long as they are lying down

How can you relieve paroxysmal nocturnal dyspnea?

  • with more pillows
  • sitting up
  • with ventolin

Why does paroxysmal nocturnal dyspnea occur so suddenly?

  • Eating a meal with a high salt content before bed can bring on instant symptoms.
  • It causes bad dreams, which make people wake up suddenly.
  • The cause of the sudden onset of paroxysmal nocturnal dyspnea is unknown.