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When was CHF found?

When was CHF found?

Remote in history: Long long ago patients were noted to develop swelling and shortness of breath. It was called "hydrops" and was treated with mercurial diuretics in the past before they were found to be toxic due to murcury content giving way to the new diuretics like acetazolamide, thiazides, and loop diuretics. ...Read more

Dr. Joseph Shen
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Heart Failure (Definition)

Heart failure is a complex set of conditions in which the heart "fails" to pump a normal amount of blood with each beat. This can be due to poor squeezing function (systolic heart failure) and/or a stiff heart incapable of filling normally (diastolic heart failure). Common symptoms include swelling and trouble breathing, particularly when ...Read more


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How is CHF diagnosed?

How is CHF diagnosed?

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. ...Read more

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How can CHF be treated?

Multiple ways: Treatment can focus on 1) improving symptoms (using medications such as diuretics) or 2) treating the underlying problem (such as surgically repairing a valve) or 3) improving the function of the heart (such as a biventricular pacemaker). Factors that aggravate heart failure such as anemia or hyperthyroidism can be corrected. ...Read more

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What factors contribute to chf?

What factors contribute to chf?

Weakness of heart.: CHF is primarily caused by an issue in the heart that prevents it from being able to supply your body with the oxygen it needs. This can be caused by weakness of the heart muscle, insufficiency of a valve in the heart or a rhythm disturbance that disrupts the forward flow of blood from the heart. ...Read more

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What are the causes of rapid chf?

What are the causes of rapid chf?

Many: Not sure I understand the question, but if you mean rapid worsening of chf, there are many including: ischemia (heart attack), dietary indiscretion, viruses/infection, blood pressure problems, and arrhythmias...To name a few. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of CHF like?

Chf symptoms: Classic: shortness of breath, esp when exercising or lying down. Waking up in night short of breath. Swelling in legs or abdominal bloating. Easy fatigue. ...Read more

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Have advances in management affected CHF survival?

Yes: Survival as a measure by itself and event-free, meaningful survival as a whole have improved through research and evidence-based practice of cardiology. Over the past 10 years or so, our better understanding of the disease, better medication regimen, and device therapy have made patient's survival longer and their quality of life better. ...Read more

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How is CHF fatal?

How is CHF fatal?

Breathing trouble.: CHF by itself can be fatal by causing the lungs to fill with fluid in spaces that are normally occupied by air. Exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide is impaired and vital organs are not properly supplied with oxygen, and they start to fail. ...Read more

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Can stress contribute to chf?

Can stress contribute to chf?

Yes: Stress, particularly long standing stress can cause pertubations to our hormonal axis. This in turn has been shown to impact the inflammatory system. Elevated inflammatory mediators and other indicators of an out of balance inflammatory system are often seen in patients with congestive heart failure (chf). Anything that can reduce stress, can be seen as a positive cardiac mediator. ...Read more

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Is o2 contraindicated with chf?

Is o2 contraindicated with chf?

No: To the contrary, it's routinely administered, at least initially, to CHF patients. ...Read more

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Can an unborn baby inherit chf?

No: CHF is a syndrome and not a disease. There are many causes of chf. Patients with certain congenital myocardial diseases can certainly pass those genes onto their offspring. ...Read more

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What is CHF and is it treatable?

What is CHF and is it treatable?

Weakness of heart.: CHF is primarily caused by an issue in the heart that prevents it from being able to supply your body with the oxygen it needs. This can be caused by weakness of the heart muscle, insufficiency of a valve in the heart or a rhythm disturbance that disrupts the forward flow of blood from the heart. Medications and procedures are available for treatment. ...Read more

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What is the exchange rate of chf?

What is the exchange rate of chf?

?: This is a very confusing question. I'm sorry. What exactly are you asking? I don't understand. ...Read more

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What is too much exercise for chf?

CHF exercise: We don't prescribe exercise for CHF patients until the CHF is controlled. When we feel control is reached, the patient is started on a low level exercise program tailored to their specific situation. We progress slowly with increases in the work load only very gradually. The patient will feel 'too much' by the symptoms provoked. We try to not get to the point where the patient feels symptoms. ...Read more

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What are signs and symptoms of chf?

Breathing problems: Shortness of breath with only mild exertion associated with leg swelling are the first symtoms of chf. Then it gets worse if not treated. The patient may not be able to sleep flat and wakes up to sit up to breath better. Chest XR and blood tests and heart ultrasound confirm the diagnosis. ...Read more

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What is a vasodilatation drug for chf?

Many: Lisinopril is a good and inexpensive one, but there are many on the market in several different classes. ...Read more

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What is the nursing intervention of chf?

What is the nursing intervention of chf?

Several: Low salt diet, daily weight and report rapid gain, report atrial fib or increasing sob, report increasing peripheral edema, tachycardia, change in bp. ...Read more

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BNP value 894. Symptomatic. Is this CHF?

BNP value 894. Symptomatic. Is this CHF?

Chf: The diagnosis of chf exacerbation is made based on symptoms, findings on clinical exam, labs and imaging. BNP is usually part of the labs and its trend is used to appreciate response to treatment. In other words, an isolated BNP value, even if obviously elevated, does not make the diagnosis. It is only helpful in the overall picture and follow up. ...Read more

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What age to start and how to prevent chf?

What age to start and how to prevent chf?

Eariler the better!: The following two websites will help you in assessing your cardiac disease risk. The risk depends on multiple factors. You cannot start too early.

http://www. Nhlbi. Nih. Gov/health/health-topics/topics/hd/atrisk. Htmlhttp://hp2010.nhlbihin. Net/atpiii/calculator. Asp? Usertype=prof. ...Read more

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What could you give to a patient with chf?

Heart Failure: There are 2 types of heart failure. Diastolic and Systolic heart failure. One is failure to contract while other is failure to relax. Equal prognosis

What can you do?
- Lifestyle Modifications are key
- healthy Diet, no smoking, low sodium are very important

Medications usually given
- Beta Blockers, ACEinhibitor/ARBs, Aldosterone blockers, Nitrates/Hydralazine (better in Black Males) ...Read more

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What are the nursing interventions for chf?

What are the nursing interventions for chf?

Nurses are key: Office nurses, home care and heart failure clinic nurses are very knowledgeable. They can record and report progress and intervene with a physician to guide exacerbation a of chf. ...Read more

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What can be done for CHF besides diuretics?

What can be done for CHF besides diuretics?

Depends: It depends on the cause of the CHF. If the CHF is because of a low ejection fraction, beta blockers, ace inhibitors and other medicines can help strengthen the ehart. ...Read more

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How often should someone be screened for chf?

How often should someone be screened for chf?

Depends: Pts with history of sob, edema, decreased endurance etc all get evaluated. Otherwise if a strong family history of cardiomyapthy should be screened. Pts with alot of risk factors such as uncontrolled hypertension, diabestes, smoker etc should also be evaluated. ...Read more

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Will dialysis help someone with end-stage chf?

Will dialysis help someone with end-stage chf?

If with kidney dis: I've seen it relieve symptoms of fluid overload in patients with end stage CHF and kidney disease, but it does not prolong life much and some patients think it reduces the quality of life too much. ...Read more

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Is it safe for someone with CHF to try antiiva?

Is it safe for someone with CHF to try antiiva?

Antiiva?: Antiiva? Don't know that drug. Please repost if there is a different spelling or if you meant something like ativan (lorazepam). ...Read more

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Is it possible for you to take codeine with chf?

Is it possible for you to take codeine with chf?

CHF: It depends on how much you take. Too much Codeine may cause respiratory depression, hypotension and can potentially exacerbate chf. As long as you don't overdose on it, you should be fine. Would avoid nsaids (ibuprofen, aleve, (naproxen)) though since it may cause fluid retention. ...Read more

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My dadhas CHF has a bnp of 3700. How bad is that.

Not helpful test: Bnp is a supplemental test. By itself it cannot tell how bad or good the condition of a patient is. That assessment is more of a clinical assessment which a medical professional can do. ...Read more

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Have CHF. Most recent BNP is 14.1. Is this a good result?

Units: I'm going to assume this is picograms per mL. If so, this is good and that your illness is at least controlled fairly well or going into remission. I hope that a treatable cause of your congestive heart failure is found. Best wishes. ...Read more

Dr. Bennett Werner
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Congestive Heart Failure (Definition)

Otherwise known simply as heart failure, is a condition in which the heart muscle is weakened. It may be receiving inadequate blood flow, its valves might be malfunctioning or the heart muscle might have thickened or stiffened. As a result, the heart, which is a pump, cannot supply the body with ...Read more