According to ehow, a tortuous artery is one that twists and winds in a “tortuous” path. Tortuous arteries may be genetic or caused by other health conditions, such as thickening of the arteries or simple aging. Tortuous arteries are usually only noted when they begin to cause problems, and they pose many health risks.
When an elderly individual has a cough and no fever, but it is persistent, tortuous arteries may be the cause; cutting down on air supply. They can be the cause of Atelectasis, or the collapse of lung tissue affecting part or all of one lung. This condition prevents normal oxygen absorption to healthy tissues – thus causing the cough.
Is this what typically happens in older individuals? No. Individuals that are constant smokers or those who have high blood pressure, have had chest surgery of one type or another, or any of us who age (I’d like to know who isn’t aging!), can get this.
The question is what to do about it. How can caregivers show their clients that they live by the rule that With Age Comes Respect and help relieve their client’s and their client’s families minds about this constant cough? I will look into this tomorrow or until I am satisfied that all questions are likely to be answered.