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Chf Vs Copd
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. ...Read more
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
Copd: We don't use the term relux, please repeat the question. ...Read more
Avoid salt, push walk: Avoid as much salt as possible, and encourage to exercise. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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 ...Read more
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! ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
With a heart rate of 86 - 126 how dangerous is hypotension that drops to 60's/50's? I also have nonischemic cardiomyopathy, copd, and chf.
My mom just called me from hosp and said she is on magnesium. Why would they give a patient with copd, CHF and diabetic magnesium? Maybe she's confused
My mom who has been in hosp for 29 days now has copd, CHF and is a diabetic. She's having a heart catherterzation tomorrow. What are the risk? Should I be there for this?
Yes,: You should be there for this if it is possible. Your mom sounds pretty sick and no doubt could use the support. Heart catheterizations are very common but do carry some risk, especially when the person having it done is sick to begin with. ...Read more
Was diagnosed with mthfr and a mitochondrial disorder what does this mean. I have CHF already and kidney disease and COPD.
Talk to your doc: A MTHFR deficiency is a shortage of a specific enzyme that put simply put one at risk for occlusive vascular disease, alzheimer's and other dementias. There are several types depending on how many genes are mutated. A mitochondrial disorder (there are many) essentially leaves one with neurologic symptoms (neuropathies) and various myopathies. Your doc is the best one to explain what that means to u ...Read more
Was diagnosed with MTHFR & Mitochondrial Disorder. What does this mean for me. I already have CHF & kidney disease & COPD?
Geneticist: Speak with the geneticist. It affects your brain, your blood, your digestive system. Someone needs to put this together for you. There are a lot of factors to consider when treating any thing. Are medications not working or making things worse bec of your lack of methylfolate? Need to go back and talk to your physician ...Read more
My mom has copd, CHF and is a diabetic. Kidney level are high and diuretic isn't working and has fluid on lungs how long will she live?
Depends: Your mom does have multiple organs affected and as such may not have a good prognosis. If kidneys are failing she may prolong her life possibly with dialysis. But it also depends on how severe her CHF and COPD are. ...Read more
Moms weight is up and down one week she gained 3-4 a day then last night she lost 9 lbs. Is this normal for a pt who has chf, diabetic, COPD and pulmonary hypertension? How do u know if this is end stage?
Can some who has been in hosp for over a month due to chf, copd, diabetic and now has been diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension (65yrs old) regain there strength and walk again? Or is this her diease taking over?
Hi Doc! My dad is 60 with a history of diabetes, HTN, hyperlipemia, CHF, COPD, MI, and stroke. Recently he was told that his wbc was extremely low &?
Low WBC 68 male: With the problems he has consider meds he is on as cause of low WBC. Need to consult a good local internist who can do complete Hx PE (have dr feel for spleen), and labs to decide what to do next. ...Read more
My mom has had a stroke, has COPD and chf. She has no appetite and complains with upper stomach pain. Should I be concerned? She is 81.
Yes: I would recommend seeking medical attention immediately. A doctor should examine her to determine if there is a serious issue; given her heart and lung disease, the symptoms you mention a potentially very serious. ...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
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