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Can Congestive Heart Failure Be Cured
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
Control: We have medications to treat the symptoms of heart failure. But most of the time we are not actually curing it but controlling it. There are occasional types of heart failure that actually go away and in that case, i guess the word cure would be appropriate. Similarly, if you have high blood pressure, medicine can control it but in most cases, you have to keep taking the medications. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
CHF: We have much more effective CHF therapy than in the 70's. On the other hand we don't really cure congestive heart failure unless a curable cause is present and that is most often not the case. Having said that people with CHF do much better now than they did 20years ago and we continue to improve. ...Read more
Flow demands: The fetal heart is required to do about half the work of living outside. Blood from the body is pumped through the heart back to the body & placenta without going through the lungs. Mom also does the work of providing nutrients, removing waste & keeping temperature stable. After birth, the heart must pump thru the lungs & do more work. The additional load can lead the heart to fail. ...Read more
CVD CHF: Cvd is a general term to describe a spectrum of condition when arteries cannot provide enough oxygen to tissue (brain, heart, kidney, liver, all your organs), this can make you prone to strokes, heart attack, leg amputation, kidney failure, emboli, blood clots, heart failure (heart's inability to pump blood efficiently to body, so you feel weak, tire, short of breath). ...Read more
Only at the moment: It may cause cardiovascular collapse when the anaphylaxis is severe. This is more from reduction of plasma volume in the vascular bed than actual cardiac failure- but the result would be the same since the heart will not be able to provide enough blood supply to the body. CHF is from the heart's inability to pump enough blood through your vascular system despite adequate or even high plasma volume. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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CHF Treatment: Today lots of thing can be done for the treatment of congestive heart failure starting from diuresis, inotropic support, control of blood pressure, reducing pre-load and after load. Finally you can augment the weak heart with a artificial heart or heart transplantation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Heart failure can cause decreased blood flow to the kidneys, causing decreased renal function. Renal failure can also exacerbate heart failure by increasing blood pressure and decreasing salt elimation, resulting in intravascular volume overload, resulting in increased pressure in the chambers of the left side of the heart. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Unknown: Although our ability to treat heart disease has drastically improved from stent technology, to bypass surgery to medications, CAD is rarely "curable." there is some animal data that drugs that raise HDL cetp modifying medications can help "regress" plaque in the coronaries. Preventive measures (primary and secondary) are most important, however. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Minimal to Rapidly:: Like most issues, varies widely. CHF typically progresses slowly over yrs to decades & not recognized until symptoms are severe enough that people finally seek help (way down the road) due to shortness of breath (lung edema), leg edema, increasing fatigue, etc. Alternatively, if detected early, before symptomatic, & txed aggressively, lipoproteins, BbA1c, BP, ACEI+coreg, can significantly reverse. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No Symptoms to Fatal: Like most issues, varies very widely. CHF typically progresses slowly over years to decades & is not recognized until symptoms become severe enough that people finally seek help (way down the road) due to shortness of breath (lung edema), leg edema, increasing fatigue, etc. Alternatively, it can be detected early, before symptomatic, in several ways; good quality echocardiography probably best. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Which kind?: Some arrhythmias have definitive treatments (atrial flutter, re-entry tachycardias), others have helpful treatments (atrial fibrillation and monomorphic ventricular tachycardia), and others you can reduce the risk of side effects and risk of death. See your electophysiologist (cardiologist with special training in arrhythmias) about yours. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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