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Doctor insights on: Congestive Heart Failure And Kidney Failure

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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


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My mother has congestive heart failure with kidney failure and fluid build up in her lungs. Been in hospital on & off for 3 months. Death soon?

My mother has congestive heart failure with kidney failure and fluid build up in her lungs.  Been in hospital on & off for 3 months. Death soon?

Depends,: The details that matter include how bad are kidneys eg stage 3, 4, 5? And how bad is heart ejection fraction ef, how low? 30, 20, 10? How responsive is she to water pills? Does she have other illnesses (comorbidities)? She sounds certainly very ill. Ask her doc about more information including above questions and the discussion will flow more naturally to better answer the question of longevity. ...Read more

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Congestive heart failure, kidney failure and staph?

Congestive heart failure, kidney failure and staph?

CHF, kidney, staph: Patients with a staph infection can have an endocarditis, which affects the heart valves. Once it is on a valve, septic emboli can be sent to other places, the brain, retina, bone or kidney. Those emboli to the kidney can cause renal failure. A damaged heart valve can also cause chf. I would imagine the person you are talking about is in the hospital, perhaps you should speak to her doctor. ...Read more

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I have congestive heart failure, stage 5 kidney failure and diabetes, what could be the cause of my extreme thigh muscle hardening?

I have congestive heart failure, stage 5 kidney failure and diabetes, what could be the cause of my extreme thigh muscle hardening?

Thigh: I would be concerned about a blood clot in the thigh veins or swelling caused by marked tissue fluid collection in view of the presence of advanced cardiac and kidney failure. In any event you should be examined by your cardiologist or nephrologist for this development. ...Read more

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What does it mean if a patient with congestive heart failure has cyanosis coupled with liver and kidney failure?

What does it mean if a patient with congestive heart failure has cyanosis coupled with liver and kidney failure?

Treat it fast: This organs all are affecting each other. Congestive heart failure affects liver and both cause kidney problem. It's possible to control heart, liver and kidney failure by specific measures and medications in most of the cases. ...Read more

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What is the life expentancy for a 66 year old woman with stage 4 kidney failure and congestive heart failure and diabetes?

What is the life expentancy for a 66 year old woman with stage 4 kidney failure and congestive heart failure and diabetes?

Life expectancy: According to this website: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/22442392 men and women aged 40 years had a life expectancy of 30.5 and 34.6 years at egfr ? 60 ml/min/1.73 m(2), 24.5 and 28.7 years at egfr 45-59 ml/min/1.73 m(2), 14.5 and 16.5 years at egfr 30-44 ml/min/1.73 m(2) and 10.4 and 9.1 years at egfr 15-29 ml/min/1.73 m(2), respectively. Patients with diabetes and CHF can live shorter. ...Read more

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How long can you live with liver failure and kidney failure and heart failure?

How long can you live with liver failure and kidney failure and heart failure?

Multiorgan failure: The more organs one has failing the worse condition the body is experiencing. With three major and crucial systems failing one can not expect long survival. ...Read more

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My mum has just been diagnosed stage 4 kidney failure she also has been told she can't have transplant as has heart failure how long can u live dialys?

My mum has just been diagnosed stage 4 kidney failure she also has been told she can't have transplant  as has heart failure how long can u live dialys?

Depends on heart: It depend on general health and associated health conditions especially heart disease. Heart failure by itself doesn't prevent someone from getting kidney transplant. I guess she was evaluated in a transplant center and being followed by a cardiologist. ...Read more

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My dad takes sutent (sunitinib) for stage 4 kidney cancer & also has congestive heart failure. What meds can he take for it?

See your doctor: Congestive heart failure is usually treated with diuretics and other medications tailored to your situation. The advice of your internist oncologist, or cardiologist with respect to treatment would be best in this situation. ...Read more

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My mother, 84 yrs. Has one kidney working 30%. She has congestive heart failure and inoperaple liver cancer. How long , in your opinion, will she live?

My mother, 84 yrs. Has one kidney working 30%. She has congestive heart failure and inoperaple liver cancer. How long , in your opinion, will she live?

CHF & Cancer: Patients with congestive heart failure and an advanced liver cancer together are, on average, predicted to succumb to their diseases in 6-12 months or less. The more immediate problem of what sounds like impending kidney failure in your mother, unless she opts for dialysis, will probably supervene before the heart and cancer problems take their toll. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my father takes sutent (sunitinib) for stage 4 kidney cancer & also has congestive heart failure.any meds he can take for it?

What do you suggest if my father takes sutent (sunitinib) for stage 4 kidney cancer & also has congestive heart failure.any meds he can take for it?

Be careful: Advanced cancer of the kidney is hard to deal with. There is little to do although the sutent (sunitinib) is sometimes helpful. It will not cure it but can slow it down. You however need to talk to the doctor who prescribed as this can exacerbate the heart failure. The pt may want to continue the drug despite the CHF. This has to be decided by pt and physician weighing the benefits. Diuretics and b blockers ...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

Kidney (Definition)

The kidneys are paired organs that lie on either side of the vertebral column. Part of their critical functions include the excretion of urine and removal of nitrogenous wastes products from the blood. They regulate acid-base, electrolyte, fluid balance and blood pressure. Through hormonal signals, the kidneys control the ...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