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Doctor insights on: Cardiomyopathy Vs Congestive Heart Failure

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I have congestive heart failure with a 30% ejection fraction, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, and left bundle branch block is it safe for me to fly?

I have congestive heart failure with a 30% ejection fraction, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, and left bundle branch block is it safe for me to fly?

Depends: It depends on your overall health. Do you have an icd, are you on daily oxygen, daily medications, can you sit for exended lengths of time, how long is the flight? Commercial airlines have cabin pressures set to about 7000ft. So if you can tolerate that altitude (denver is about 5600ft), air travel may be ok. Discuss with your doctor. Tsa will need to know if you have an icd. ...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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I have congestive heart failure with a 30% ejection fraction, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, and left bundle branch block is it safe for me to fly?

Depends: It depends on your overall health. Do you have an icd, are you on daily oxygen, daily medications, can you sit for exended lengths of time, how long is the flight? Commercial airlines have cabin pressures set to about 7000ft. So if you can tolerate that altitude (denver is about 5600ft), air travel may be ok. Discuss with your doctor. Tsa will need to know if you have an icd. ...Read more

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How lethal is a congestive heart failure? My hypertrophic cardiomyopathy has turned into congestive heart failure, how dangerous is it and is it possible to keep it under control?

This: This is a very serious condition requiring close management from a skilled cardiologist, and optimally you should establish care with a large referral center with expertise in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, such as a university hospital. Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is not a curable condition, and when it progresses to the point that it causes congestive heart failure symptoms it is typically quite advanced and difficult to manage. There are medications that can help control the heart failure, but you should also be evaluated for advanced therapies such as a defibrillator or even a heart transplant. Your family members should also be screened for this genetic condition if they haven't already. ...Read more

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What is the difference between idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy and congestive heart failure? Both terms have been used these past 9 years

What is the difference between idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy and congestive heart failure? Both terms have been used these past 9 years

Disease vs. Result: Idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy is a condition in which the heart muscle becomes weak without obvious cause. Some cases are genetic some may have been triggered by a virus. Congestive heart failure, is the result of the weak heart's inability to circulate the blood adequately. This may result in symptoms such as fatigue and shortness of breath and signs such as chest congestion and swelling. ...Read more

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I had my son at age 39 and developed post partum cardiomyopathy, bilat pneumonia and congestive heart failure and sepsis, ef 15 in ER 4 days after my son was born. Could retained placenta have caused all this? Baby 6 weeks early but perfect. I was pla

I had my son at age 39 and developed post partum cardiomyopathy, bilat pneumonia and congestive heart failure and sepsis, ef 15 in ER 4 days after my son was born. Could retained placenta have caused all this? Baby 6 weeks early but perfect. I was pla

PPCM: Postpartum cardiomyopathy (ppcm) is heart failure secondary to left ventricular systolic dysfunction toward the end of pregnancy or in the months after delivery, in the absence of any other cause of heart failure. Ppcm is a diagnosis of exclusion. Retained placenta is not a cause. ...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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...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

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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 ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...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


Dr. Barton Cook
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Cardiomyopathy (Definition)

A disease that weakens and enlarges the muscle surrounding the heart. It is a condition that makes it harder for the heart to pump blood and deliver ...Read more