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Can you die from congestive heart failure?

Can you die from congestive heart failure?

Heart failure: This term refers to a weak heart muscle that will result in decreased longevity from progressive inability of the heart pumping to keep up with the needs of the body.

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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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Can a child have congestive heart failure and then have a heart attack?

Can a child have congestive heart failure and then have a heart attack?

CHF: If you mean MI with heart attack it is a rare combination but if you mean sudden arrhythmias leading to sudden death with congestive heart failure, it is more common then MI.

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Need help. Is 22 too young to have heart disease/congestive heart failure?

Need help. Is 22 too young to have heart disease/congestive heart failure?

It can happen: Unfortunately, sometimes young people also get affected by heart failure. Most often it relates to a viral infection that infects the heart muscle, called "myocarditis". This can lead to substantial heart failure in young patients, and is treated similarly to older patients with hf. However, sometimes the disease can get so bad that heart transplant needs to be considered.

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Would an EKG show congestive heart failure?

Would an EKG show congestive heart failure?

It can: Low voltage in an EKG suggest cardiomyopathy. Which goes by the hand with Heart Failure. - In addition Electrical Alternans in the EKG is also suggestive of heart failure

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Can an EKG detect congestive heart failure?

Can an EKG detect congestive heart failure?

It can give clues: Heart failure is a complicated diagnosis to make and is usually based on history and physical exam findings. An ekg may give clues that point towards a diagnosis of heart failure but can not fully diagnose it. You may be confusing the term heart failure with heart disease. Ask you doctor about further specifics.

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Is an echocardiogram enough to determine if one has congestive heart failure?

Is an echocardiogram enough to determine if one has congestive heart failure?

No: ECG is not a test for heart failure. The diagnosis is generally made by clinical examination and a lab test for BNP.

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What risks are associated with getting pregnant with moderate congestive heart failure?

What risks are associated with getting pregnant with moderate congestive heart failure?

High: Then normal physiologic changes that occur during pregnancy to prepare you for the delivery of your baby can worse your CHF symptoms and you and your baby could be at risk. Consult your OB for specifics.

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Can it be that a family history of heart disease put me at risk of congestive heart failure at age 18?

Probably not: My advise to you is that during your early age you decrease all controllable risk factors possible. Keep healthy weight, do not smoke, control chol, bp, exercise, do not drink, control stress.

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I have congestive heart failure and the diuretic I take is no longer working. What other options are the to avoid water rent emotion?

Change diuretic?: You should ask your physician, if you are on hydrochlorthiazide (h) if you should go to a loop diuretic, forsemide (f). Patients with chronic kidney disease do not respond to h but do respond to f. If that does not work, ask to have an echocardiogram to see if you have pulmonary artery hypertension (p) and what your ejection fraction is. If you have p, there is medicine for that to lessen edema.

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What causes my to smell dirt all the time? . I have had a heart attack and congestive heart failure. Just wanted to know if it was related or not.

What causes my to smell dirt all the time? . I have had a heart attack and congestive heart failure. Just wanted to know if it was related or not.

Coincidental: May be the side effect of some medications. Hope you are doing better with your heart conditions. Please take medicines, regular exercise as prescribed by Cardiologist, restrict salt to prevent excerbation of CHF, Maintain weight as close to ideal body weight and control the cholesterol

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My 33 yr old son had a heart attack 10-15. He now has dx of chronic combined systolic and diastolic congestive heart failure. Ef of 40. How serious?

My 33 yr old son had a heart attack 10-15. He now has dx of chronic combined systolic and diastolic congestive heart failure. Ef of 40. How serious?

Heart failure: Heart failure caused by a prior myocardial infarction (heart attack) is a very serious problem. Fortunately there are well-defined treatments including medications and procedures. Patients with this condition should be under the care of a cardiologist. It may also help to get a second opinion here on HealthTap to review treatment options.

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What cough medicine is best for patients that have CHF congestive heart failure?

What cough medicine is best for patients that have CHF congestive heart failure?

No perfect answer: Probably best to avoid combination medicines which contain pseudoephedrine, which many do. This speeds up your heart. Diphenhydramine (benedryl) can dry up secretions. However, it is important to understand that the cough may be due to the chf. Also medications commonly used to treat CHF (ace inhibitors - often end with. Pril) can sometimes cause a chronic dry cough. Talk to your md.

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Is it recommended for people who suffer from congestive heart failure to take special precautions with their dental care?

Is it recommended for people who suffer from congestive heart failure to take special precautions with their dental care?

CHF: Congestive heart failure patients usually have structural abnormalities of the heart muscle and can have rhythm abnormalities so yes. Dental care both in the office and at home is important. A the dentist some office procedures and drugs could be problematic. Poor dental hygiene at home could result in infections which could cause valve problems. So dental care is important.

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My husband has COPD and congestive heart failure. He is 86 and very weak. Docs said this is bad. What is there to help him?

My husband has COPD and congestive heart failure. He is 86 and very weak. Docs said this is bad. What is there to help him?

Quality of life: For people at this age no matter what disease they might suffer of the most important thing is quality of life. Certainly depending on how advanced these two conditions are it is crucial to weight the risks of not taking medications as prescribed versus living with unwanted and uncomfortable side effects. Making sure he is comfortable with his treatment and discussing with pcp is vital.

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If you have congestive heart failure.......Would that be seen in an echocardiogram at rest? If not, what tests or such can detect then.

If you have congestive heart failure.......Would that be seen in an echocardiogram at rest? If not, what tests or such can detect then.

Congestive aheart fa: The diagnosis of congestive heart failure is mstly clinical with edema, shortness of breath, engorged neck veins, liver enlargement and rales in lungs on auscultation. Xray chest, bnp test on blood elevated is done some times and resting echocardiogram is helpful in defining the ejection fraction and other imaging.So resting echo will be helpful along with all others.

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How does congestive heart failure cause edema (foot swelling)?

How does congestive heart failure cause edema (foot swelling)?

Low pressure,: Water leaks out of the vessels and can not be pumped out of the legs due to low pressure. Low pressure also reduces the blood flow to the kidneys, resulting in activation of hormones that cause fluid retention.

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Is a rapid heart rate one of the symptoms of congestive heart failure or coronary disease?

Is a rapid heart rate one of the symptoms of congestive heart failure or coronary disease?

Not primary symptom: Congestive heart failure may be associated with rapid heart beat but this is not the primary symptom. Rapid heart beat is not usually a sign of coronary artery disease. Rapid heart beat can also occur in otherwise normal hearts.

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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