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A 32-year-old member asked:

how is chf diagnosed?

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Dr. Irv Loh
Dr. Irv Loh answered
Cardiology 49 years experience
History, testing: The combination of symptoms and objective physical findings is a startting point, confirmed by echocardiography which has the advantage of not only confirming the diagnosis, but helping sort out the causes, which then help direct targeted treatment. Blood tests to help confirm the diagnosis (bnp) and evaluate metabolic causes are useful. Modern treatment is successful to improve quality of life.
Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 47 years experience
Chf: History, physical exam, ekg, chest x-ray, echocardiogram are tools to make such a diagnosis. Primary symptoms include shortness of breath, chest pain, swelling in the feet or legs.

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A 33-year-old member asked:

What are some of the goals of treatment for chf?

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Dr. Andrew Freeman
Cardiology 18 years experience
Symptom improvement: Some of the goals are to improve the quality of life, reduce shortness of breath, restore heart function, optimize medications, and reduce comorbidities.
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A 38-year-old member asked:

What is a vasodilatation drug for chf?

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Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 38 years experience
Afterload reduction: The word we used for vasoldilator drugs in congestive heart failure is afterload reduction. These medications make it easier for the heart to empty at the time of contraction. Examples would be lisinopril, enalapril, losartan, valsartan. These medicines are frequently used in conjunction with diuretics and beta blockers.
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A 31-year-old female asked:

My grandmother was diagnosed today with chf. I would like to help take over some of her care. Any tips or ideas to help me transition?

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Dr. George Mathew
Cardiology 58 years experience
See below: Make sure to avoid salty food and take medicines properly.Check daily weight to see if she is holding water.See md regularly.
A 39-year-old member asked:

What is the outlook for my grandmother who was diagnosed with chf?

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Dr. Benjamin Lessig
Geriatrics 25 years experience
It depends: Ask the physician about the specific type of chf, the ejection factor, the tolerability and effectiveness of medications, any damages from valves and co-morbidity of chronic medical conditions just as liver and kidney diseases.
A 43-year-old member asked:

Today my 95 year old great-grandmother was diagnosed with chf. What are her odds of recovering?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Would want to: know the severity (stage) of her congestive heart failure. What is her overall health- is she responding to medical treatment? All of us have a finite life - best to ask her treating doctor.

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