Is It Normal to Have a Cough After Open Heart Surgery?

A mild-to-moderate cough after open heart surgery is quite normal, according to Typically, the cough is related to some residual inflammation in the trachea from the trachea tube and resolves after a few weeks. A persistent cough may occur due to residual volume overload and is resolved with diuretics.

There are certain situations where coughs may be cause for concern in patients, according to A persistent cough can be common in older patients, but it may indicate an underlying lung issue, such as bronchitis or pneumonia. The site also states a nagging cough can be associated with the medication many patients take following surgery, such as ACE inhibitors.