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Can You Get Rid Of Congestive Heart Failure
No how do I get rid of congestive heart failures what can I do to get rid of congestive heart failure
CHF: You need to see your doctor and get diagnosed as to the cause of your problem. Depending on the cause we have a variety of treatments for CHF which can both improve quality and quantity of life. There are some kinds which don't respond well to treatment and we sometimes need to consider heart transplant in these severe unresponsive situations. Most often we can help folks if they'll help themselve. ...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
74 year old father has melanoma, congestive heart failure and copd. What are the best forms of treatment?
Melanoma treatment: Surgical treatment is the best. Find a surgical oncologist, dermatologist or a plastic surgeon that can evaluate this asap. ...Read more
Many: The cornerstone of therapy is a diuretic ("fluid pill"). Drugs that dilate the blood vessels (vasodilators, ace inhibitors) and drugs that reduce the work load of the heart (beta blockers) should always be included unless there is a specific contraindication. A drug that blocks the hormone aldosterone (spironolactone or inspra) should also be used if possible. The underlying cause should be sought. ...Read more
Congestive heart failure I was diagnosed with CHF and an 80 percent block of the right coronary artery my ejection fraction is up to 55-60 from 25-30 i still get tired and short of breath not getting answers from my doctor could that be from the block any
That : That is great news that your ejection fraction (ef) has improved that much, as that is directly correlated with your overall long term prognosis. You clearly are still symptomatic though. If you find that your shortness of breath continues, it is certainly possible that the stenosis in your right coronary artery is the culprit, although without knowing more information it is hard to say definitively. My best advice to you is to find a physician that will answer your questions and communicate with you so that you may understand your care. Heart disease is complex and involves the interplay of many factors, and an excellent relationship with your cardiologist can be the most important one. ...Read more
Dx Early & TxDrivers: Proactively check heart (a) chamber sizes, (b) function & (c) valve function to catch CHF early, good quality echocardiogram images which you personally see & understand crucial. Aggressively tx drivers of atherosclerosis [lipoproteins (not cholesterol) blood sugar, bp, etc. To abnormally healthy levels] very early, stay physically active & slender, solve anger issues, smile, & the list goes on. ...Read more
Common themes: The real answer depends on the cause. There are common themes, though. If you have CHF with lv dysfunction, you will probably benefit from some level of regular exercise, angiotensin blockade (ace/arb), beta blocker therapy, and an aldosterone blocker. (all of those things should be considered.) heart failure is a speciality inside cardiology and there are heart failure teams for expert care. ...Read more
Yes: Depending on the underlying cause... Medical therapy can be quite effective. If coronary disease is the cause stenting and or bypass is indicated. Lastly device therapy with biventricular pacemakers can be quite effective. ...Read more
What is congestive heart failure? How is it contracted, what is the treatment, how does it affect life expetancy?
Failure of the heart:
Failure of the heart muscles to pump blood effectively from the chambers to the body/lungs leading to back up of blood.
Caused by heart attacks, (coronary artery disease) long-standing hypertension/diabetes, chemotherapy, congenital heart defects, intractable rhythm problems.
Life expectancy depends on underlying cause. ...Read more
Salt monitoring: Treatment consists of a good dietary regimen with monitoring of salt intake about 2000 mg salt per day. Second aspect pf therapy is pharmacologic therapy which will be individualised based on the type of heart faiure and other factors that your cardiologist will decide. ...Read more
Sometimes can't: Some factors that we know include coronary artery disease, viruses, genetic disorder, pregnancy, alcohol, endocrine abnormalities (thyroid in particular), and many others. To prevent decompensation of the chf, the biggest factor is salt. Salt causes fluid retention, which the weakened or stiff heart muscle can not work with. Diuretics, blood pressure control, habitual exercise, healthy wt. Help. ...Read more
What are some preventative test you can take to prevent congestive heart failure? What are the signs? What is congestive heart failure and how is it caused, and what is the result of the body after congestive heart failure?
a semster's worth: That is a semester's worth of questions. The American Heart Association is a good place to start : http://www.hearthub.org/hc-heart-failure.htm ...Read more
Multiple treatments: Salt restriction is obvious. Medication classes that may help (usually a combination of several is best) include the ace-i's, arb's, beta blockers, and aldosterone antagonists, and diuretics. The choice of treatments will be determined by contributing factors such as valvular problems, coronary disease, rhythm disturbances, kidney function, etc. Any remediable causes should be treated. ...Read more
Why don't men want to go to doctors? My husband has congestive heart failure, and I feel I have to drag him in to be seen. What will happen to him without treatment?
Fear: Without treatment of significant congestive heart failure you can expect worsening disability and hastening death. As to your question as to why men don't want to go to the doctor it is usually fear of having to deal with the unknown. Reassure him, tell him that you are with him all the way and perhaps he will listen. ...Read more
Are there any natural supplements that can prevent my child from getting congestive heart failure?
Be careful: This is an experimental treatment that is showing a lot of future promise. The overall efficacy and side effects are still being evaluated That being said there are a LOT of quacks out there selling this as a treatment to hopeless patients for a huge amount of money. Don't blow your life savings on one of these overseas clinics, it will be a waste of time/money and dangerous. ...Read more
Congestive heart failure is causing clear fluid to leak through my skin on both legs from ankle to mid-calf. Treatment?
What is the standard treatment for someone with pfo, tricuspid valve leaking severely, congestive heart failure with high blood pressure & is nursing?
Closure: Patients with severe tricuspid regurgitation may develop cyanosis and dyspnea because of the direction of tricuspid regurgitation across the pfo. Device closure may be clinically beneficial. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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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. ...Read more
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.
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 ...Read more
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
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