Heart attacks happen when the flow of blood to the heart is blocked due to a build-up of fat, cholesterol and other substances in the arteries. The symptoms that accompany this process can be quite startling and if you see a certain colour mucus or phlegm, you could be in danger.
What is hemoptysis?
The condition is when a person coughs up blood from the lungs.
It can be a sign of a serious medical condition including problems with your heart.
Unless a person has bronchitis, they will need to see a doctor if coughing up blood as it could be something very serious.
Hemoptysis is divided into types based on how much blood is coughed up in 24 hours.
Treatments for blood-tinged mucus
Treating blood-tinged mucus will rely on treating the underlying condition which is causing it.
In some cases, treatment can also involve reducing inflammation or other related symptoms a person may be experiencing.
Treatments could include:
- Oral antibiotics
- Cough suppressants
- Drink more water
For those who are coughing up large amounts of blood, treatment focuses on stopping the bleeding and determining if there is any foreign material stuck in the lungs causing the bleeding.
It’s important to carefully monitor any other warning signs of a heart condition and to speak to your GP about the possible cause.