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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

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Dr. Bennett Werner
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Congestive Heart Failure (Definition)

Congestive heart failure, 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 sufficent oxygen and nutrients. When the left side of the heart is damaged, fluid builds up in the lungs, which results in difficulty breathing. When the right side of the heart is affected, fluid builds up in the extremities and abdomen, resulting in swelling of the legs and poor absorption of nutrients due to ...Read more


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I have CHF and cardiomyopathy, my heart has jumped up from the low 80's to 125 even at rise. Should i get into my dr now instead of nov?

I have CHF and cardiomyopathy, my heart has jumped up from the low 80's to 125 even at rise. Should i get into my dr now instead of nov?

Yes: You may be having irregular heartbeat such atrial fibrillation . I suggest for you to even seek help in the er if this continues , you may need IV medication for rate control especially if you are having lighthearted, shortness of breath, chest pain. ...Read more

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45yo female w/ history of chf/peripartum cardiomyopathy presents with sudden onset of very irregular heartbeat & tingly feeling in left arm. Serious?

45yo female w/ history of chf/peripartum cardiomyopathy presents with sudden onset of very irregular heartbeat & tingly feeling in left arm. Serious?

Cardiomyopathy : If your function is low you are more susceptible to rhythm problems. Some can be dangerous get it checked out with your cardiologist now. ...Read more

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Recent diagnosis POTS/dysautonomia;new echoEF 40% hypokinesia no CHF;calling it cardiomyopathy;low salt/fluids but POTS requires increased salt/fluids;treat?

Recent diagnosis POTS/dysautonomia;new echoEF 40% hypokinesia no CHF;calling it cardiomyopathy;low salt/fluids but POTS requires increased salt/fluids;treat?

Treat POTS: Treat POTS first, otherwise a very poorly understood condition that I do not have specific experience with. For whatever reason I believe POTS is at the root of your overall hypokinesia and impaired ejection fraction. ...Read more

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Would a cardiac MRI of shown a enlarged heart and cardiomyopathies? What about heart failure?

Would a cardiac MRI of shown a enlarged heart and cardiomyopathies? What about heart failure?

MRI: Yes an MRI can be used to diagnose enlarged heart, cardiomyopathy and heart failure. Another test that is often used to make these diagnoses is the echocardiogram. MRI uses magnets to image the heart and echocardiogram uses ultrasound. ...Read more

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When should I take magnesium? I took it last night but my BP went down to 99/66. But it helped pains/swelling. I take carvedilol 3.125 2xaday and lisinopril 25mg for cardiomyopathy/chf.

When should I take magnesium? I took it last night but my BP went down to 99/66. But it helped pains/swelling. I take carvedilol 3.125 2xaday and lisinopril 25mg for cardiomyopathy/chf.

Ask your doctor: Not sure why you started with magnesium or what it's supposed to do for pain or swelling. Maybe you are on a diuretic and worried about losses, but Lisinopril helps the body hold magnesium, so you should be talking to your own doc about what you are taking including supplements. ...Read more

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Dx of cardiomyopathy, CHF & diabetes in 9/2012. Taking metoprolol, lisinopril, pravastatin, metformin & lantus (insulin glargine). I have muscle pain w/ activity such as bending, walking, etc. Could it be due to meds?

Dx of cardiomyopathy, CHF & diabetes in 9/2012. Taking metoprolol, lisinopril, pravastatin, metformin & lantus (insulin glargine). I have muscle pain w/ activity such as bending, walking, etc. Could it be due to meds?

Maybe : Generalized muscle aches without any overuse can be caused by pravastatin or statins in general. Consider discussing this symptom with your doc and find other alternatives for cholesterol reduction if this is the side effect. ...Read more

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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


Dr. Barton Cook
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Cardiomyopathy (Definition)

Cardiomyopathy is 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 it throughout the body. A common symptom is chest pain, although mild cases ...Read more