Graham had been tipped off by another physician in 1945 that Truman had pulmonary edema. He reports telling the President:
whenever you get up to your heights of tension and you're under a lot of stress, that your lungs are producing a little more fluid than usual. ... I don't notice it in your feet, or your legs; they don't swell, or anything of that type, but it's in the base of your lungs.Graham further states:
And I gave him a little diuretic, I think, occasionally, and that's all there was to it. It seemed like when he recognized the fact he wouldn't allow himself to get all keyed up or tense.Graham said he sometimes stayed up all night with the president "trying to dry his lungs up and all. I had him sitting up, and coughing."
In his oral history, Graham does not mention "cardiac asthma." In fact, he calls it pneumonitis (a bland term meaning inflammation of the lungs). When asked if this was the worst health problem Truman had, Graham said "Probably so."
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