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Can Congestive Heart Failure Be Cured
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
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
Good Tx: Yes; Cures?: Since most common cause atherosclerosis > coronary artery disease (even if lumens ok on angiography) > reduced blood flow ; heart muscle damage, aggressive treating factors driving atherosclerosis [lipoproteins (not cholesterol) blood sugar, bp, etc. (to abnormally healthy levels], remove excess body water, keep BP low nl, treat with acei (aceon 1 of best) ; carvedilol, can greatly improve/reverse. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many treatments: It would probably be more corrrect to talk about things which control the congestive heart failure. There are many medications which control but really do not cure it. Sometimes cardiomyopathies resolve and no longer require medicine so that would be considered a cure, i think. If the heart failure is because of a valve problem which is corrected you might "cure" the heart failure(fix valve). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
One day at a time: I have many patient living very productive lives. Doctor needs to treat the conditions that makes heart weak (htn, atrial fibrillation, irregular heart beats, anemia, diabetes, cholesterol, stroke prevention etc) . Balance eating, exercise, and mostimportant pma (positive mental attitude). ...Read more
Cure is wrong word: as CHF can be controlled and compensated. Very few are "cured" if you remove the reason for the heart failure (and the patient gets "lucky") as in alcohol induced cardiomyopathy or ischemia or post partum cardiomyopathy and a few with viral etiology. Most important: CHF can be prevented by treating early the disease conducing to it (like hypertension, heart attacks, diabetes, smoking, etc) ...Read more
Can you reverse congestive heart failure or heart failure at its early stages ? Or that's it there's no cure you cannot reverse it?
No: Congestive heart failure possess a bad prognosis. It signals the end of the function of the heart. Nowadays there are encouraging success stories treating the heart with stem cells to regenerate or produce new cardiac cells that may reshape or rejuvenate the heart in research centers but still it is not the standard of care. Combinations of multiple medicines have prolonged life in pts. With chf. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Basically, it is a condition in which your heart becomes an inefficient pump. As a result, fluid backs up into your lungs and also your lower extremities. There are numerous causes for this but ischemic heart disease is the most common cause. This can be diagnosed by laboratory test, chest xray, as well as an echo or ...Read more
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