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Doctor insights on: Chf Vs Copd

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What symptoms do people with COPD usually have?

What symptoms do people with COPD usually have?

Shortness of breath: Typically, patients with COPD have shortness of breath, wheezing, and coughing. Fatigue, decreased energy, and decreased ability to do normal activities are also quite common. Sometimes, patients can get dizziness related to the shortness of breath. If you have these symptoms, definitely see a doctor.

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Copd (Definition)

COPD may include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. Chronic bronchitis is the production of increased mucus caused by inflammation. Bronchitis is considered chronic if you cough and produce excess mucus most days for three months in a year, two years in a row. Emphysema is a disease that damages the air sacs and/or the smallest breathing tubes in the lungs. ...Read more


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What are the symptoms of CHF and COPD?

What are the symptoms of CHF and COPD?

Similar&Different: Some symptoms are similar like shortness of breath on exertion or rest, low oxygen saturation CHF causes Edema of feet and legs, COPD causes chest tightness, wheezing, lack of energy and frequent exacerbations

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Can CHF cause me to have any COPD disease?

Can CHF cause me to have any COPD disease?

No: CHF can cause pulmonary edema, when lungs fill up with fluid, but usually is the other way around with COPD causing CHF.

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What to do if my hubby with CHF & COPD prognosis?

What to do if my hubby with CHF & COPD prognosis?

Your doc knows best: The specifics needed to answer your question really will take more than a small blurb here. You should review this with your treating PCP or cardiologist.

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What can I do to help my dad who has CHF and copd?

What can I do to help my dad who has CHF and copd?

Avoid salt, push walk: Avoid as much salt as possible, and encourage to exercise.

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Why is it more difficult to start an IV on CHF and COPD patient?

Why is it more difficult to start an IV on CHF and COPD patient?

Not necessarily: In any one with poor veins it is difficult to access. People with low BP and collapsed veins, it is even more difficult.

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Why would it be difficult to start an IV on a CHF and COPD patient?

Why would it be difficult to start an IV on a CHF and COPD patient?

Not related: Some people have good veins, some have very small and fragile veins, some have used up their veins. There is nothing particular to COPD and CHF to make difficult IV access.

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If someone with COPD and CHF has constant reflux, what does it mean?

If someone with COPD and CHF has constant reflux, what does it mean?

Reflux: Having COPD and CHF certainly doesn't mean you can't also have reflux as they are not typically related. Ironically, some of the medications used to treat COPD and CHF can worsen reflux. Reflux can worsen copd.

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If a person with COPD and CHF has constant reflux, what does it mean?

If a person with COPD and CHF has constant reflux, what does it mean?

See below: There is a relation between asthma and reflux. People especially with adult asthma are more likely to have reflux. The relation is not well understood but perhaps the reflux of acid damages the lung tissue especially if the person also tends to aspirate into the lungs. Also nerves connected to the esophagus may due to reflux cause the airway to constrict. Lungs mirror the GI tract, someone said.

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Why might it be that it be difficult to start an IV on CHF and COPD patient?

Why might it be that it be difficult to start an IV on CHF and COPD patient?

Congestive failure: Usually it is easy to start ivs on CHF and cold patients. It may be difficult if the veins are scarred from prior ivs or if the patient is dehydrated.

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How would the results of a capnography be different if you had CHF as opposed to COPD?

How would the results of a capnography be different if you had CHF as opposed to COPD?

Depends: Both can be elevated when in the acute phase of illness. Once chf improves capnography is normal. Some advanced copd patients have chronic elevated capnography

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Can a BNP blood test determine if you have CHF or COPD?

Can a BNP blood test determine if you have CHF or COPD?

Not really: BNP is helpful if you have both and you are coning Short of breath and you are wheezing and your exam is not showing fluids overload then if BNP is low that would make COPD most likely reason for your symptoms

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Last Thursday my nana was taken to hospital for chf. Discharged Sunday. Monday taken in by EMS still there. Why so long?? 74 w CHF. And COPD

See Below: Your nana has two chronic and somewhat dangerous medical problems. Treating them can be very tricky. Sometimes if they are acting up severely, a longer stay in the hospital is necessary to treat them. The best thing to do is ask the doctors taking care of her, as they will have the most up to date information, and can best tell you what is going on. Hope this helps!

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If a patient has COPD and CHF can you give them albuterol?

If a patient has COPD and CHF can you give them albuterol?

YES: If CHF is, stable, compensated and albuterol has to be used yes. There are alternatives, to try and stabilize COPD with maintenance medications so one doesn't need to use rescue albuterol too often. (inhaled steroids, laba's).

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What's going on? In hospital for pneumonia and was diagnosed with CHF also have copd?

Possibilities: Chf, congestive heart failure, occurs when the heart is unable to effectively pump blood out of the heart to the rest of the body. As a result, fluid backs up into the lungs resulting in the "congestion." CHF is due to something else like disease in the heart itself but lung disease, like copd, can also result in heart failure especially when the pulmonary pressures elevate. There are treatments.

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Would CHF EF 30% cause COPD? I take Amiodarone for 6 yrs I'm on O2 3 lit nite 2 lit day 24/7. SPo2 80 w/o O2. I also have SCD (sic beta thal)

Would CHF EF 30% cause COPD? I take Amiodarone for 6 yrs I'm on O2 3 lit nite 2 lit day 24/7. SPo2 80 w/o O2. I also have SCD (sic beta thal)

Pulmonary htn?: To answer your question precisely, no, CHF should not cause COPD. Have you been diagnosed with COPD, or are you assuming that's the cause of your poor oxygenation? With sickle beta thalassemia, I would guess that your problems with oxygen may relate more to pulmonary hypertension than COPD. Pulmonary hypertension is a common complication of SCD. Be well.

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Can I have COPD and not know it until after I had heart attack and chf? And could I have had COPD for a long time and not know it? Could it bring it on

COPD Symptoms.: A couple of things could have happened here. (1) it may have been present but not symptomatic enough for you to have noticed. (2) It could have been there but its symptoms could have been attributed to other conditions, such as CHF.

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Thanks for your help docs. It's been a long and stressful two yrs w/my mom having copd, CHF and a diabetic, we never know when it's her time to go : (.?

Thanks for your help docs. It's been a long and stressful two yrs w/my mom having copd, CHF and a diabetic, we never know when it's her time to go : (.?

Hard to know: If frequent trips to the hospital are occurring and her ability to do normal activities of daily living are getting difficult, you should start make plans for comfort care and discuss advance directives with her. Quality versus quantity of life is an important discussion to have with the whole family. We frequently do too much in the end of life when a chronic disease has no hope of improving.

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What is reactive leukocytosis? Among many other illnesses, I have severe copd (was on hospice for 3mo.) CHF & CKD stage 3 if this helps in any way.

What is reactive leukocytosis? Among many other illnesses, I have severe copd (was on hospice for 3mo.) CHF & CKD stage 3 if this helps in any way.

Normal immune response: Reactive leukocytosis means you have more white blood cells then normal, and it's due to a reaction to an illness. It's not due to leukemia. Since you have COPD, you are probably taking prednisone. This is one of the main causes of reactive leukocytosis. Other causes include stress, infection, and inflammation.

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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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