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why would someone with chf be on an ace inhibitor but not a diuretic?

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Dr. Sergio Schabelman
Cardiology 48 years experience
Usually both: Pharmacological treatment of heart failure include: Diuretics Beta Blockers Ace inh OR ARB (not both) and Aldosterone blockers. Sometimes, one is more useful than the other, and depending of circumstances, MDs may elect to omit one or two. Exercise, diet, weight loss, are always part of treatment of CHF.

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Is it safe to take water pills for swelling while pregnant?

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Not advisable: Water pills are given for too much fluid accumulating in your lungs or legs due to heart or kidney problems. Generally the fluid that pregnant women get in their legs is due to pressure on their leg veins or to preeclampsia. Neither problem can be solved with water pills. Taking water pills can lead to dehydration, low blood pressure and poor milk production.
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If I change my diet, would I be able to avoid heart failure?

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Family Medicine 7 years experience
Yes: Many studies have shown that individuals that consume fewer calories, more fruits and vegetables and less saturated fats tend to have lower risks for cardiovascular disease. Low-salt diets have also been recommended for people at risk for heart failure. Exercise, quitting smoking and limiting alcohol intake also helps reduce cardiovascular risk.
A 35-year-old member asked:

How effective is a pacemaker in preventing heart failure?

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Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 25 years experience
It's not: Heart failure can be the result of many different problems such as heart attacks which weaken the heart muscle, untreated hypertension which can leas to a stiff heart, or drug toxicity such as can occur with certain types of chemotherapy. Decrease your chances of developing heart failure by managing your identifed risk factors (i.e. Hypertension). A pacemaker may be needed in advanced heart failur.
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Is pulmonary hypertension always associated with heart failure?

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Dr. Aaron Milstone
Pulmonology 27 years experience
No: Only when the pulmonary hypertension causes the right ventricle to dilate (enlarge) does heart failure occur. This type of failure may affect the right side of the heart causing increased leg swelling, fluid buildup in the abdomen and elevation of liver enzymes. If the swelling of the right heart becomes severe it can affect the function of the left side of the heart and cause pulmonary edema.
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How common is heart failure with sepsis?

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Dr. Marsha Davis
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
More than desired: Multiststem organ failure is a problem with severe sepsis. Usually not just the heart is affected. Sepsis occurs when bacteria enter the blood stream and circulate throughout the body.

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