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A 27-year-old male asked:

Is continuos medication required for congestive heart failure patients?

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Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 44 years experience
Depends: Usually, CHF pts will need to be treated daily for life but there are exceptions depending on the cause of the chf, the severity of the symptoms, and whther there were extraneous factors that caused a flare of symptoms. Please note: if this is about you, chewing tobacco is very dangerous in the presence of CHF (can precipitate dangerous arrhythmias).

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A 54-year-old female asked:

When do you require a crtd for a congestive heart failure patient? What is differences between crtd, crtp, crt, icd?

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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Cardiology 51 years experience
CRT: Cardiac re synchronization therapy is a pacemaker that corrects the loss of synchronization of both ventricles in CHF patients with marked intraventricular conduction delay. Because it is used in patients with low ef we often use it with defibrillator capability. Icd is a defibrillator device generally single chamber for patients who just need that function.
A 31-year-old member asked:

What types of patients gets congestive heart failure?

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Dr. Louis Grenzer
Cardiology 55 years experience
Several: Those with heart attack or coronary disease, leaking valves, hypertension, primary heart muscle disease (cardiomyopathy), anemia, overactive thyroid, chemotherapy, or itamin deficiency.
A 42-year-old member asked:

Which medications helped you with congestive heart failure?

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Dr. Irv Loh
Dr. Irv Lohanswered
Cardiology 49 years experience
Many options: Much depends on the underlying cause of heart failure. Diuretics are the mainstay, but ace inhibitors or arbs, plus beta-blockers are core drugs. Aldosterone antagonists like spironolactone in severe heart failure are very beneficial. In select cases, digitalis preparations and antiarrhythmic agents may be helpful. It's too soon to know if stem-cell therapy will be useful, but we are hopeful.

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