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Life duration of someone with congestive heart failure corrected by diet?

Life duration of someone with congestive heart failure corrected by diet?

No way to know: Congestive heart failure has many, many causes. Without knowing the cause and severity of congestive heart failue, there is no way to answer this question. ...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


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What kind of diet should you be on after being diagnosed with congestive heart failure?

What kind of diet should you be on after being diagnosed with congestive heart failure?

C Below: Congestive Heart Failure can be secondary to poor pumping function of the heart or poor relaxing function of the heart. - A Diet that has low sodium ...Read more

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Anyone who is afflicted with congestive heart failure & edema that has it go away with diet change?

Anyone who is afflicted with congestive heart failure & edema that has it go away with diet change?

Doesn't cure: Diet can certainly make congestive heart failure worse. Salt needs to be closely watched as it will precipitate fluid retention making the congestive failure even worse. Although diet can improve symptoms of congestive heart failure the problem still exist so continued care needs to be applied. With time the heart can improve with regards to its function so make sure medications are continued. ...Read more

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Wanted to know where can I find a diet plan for congestive heart failure and renal disease combined?

Wanted to know where can I find a diet plan for congestive heart failure and renal disease combined?

Your nephrologist: Your nephrologist and heart failure cardiologist should absolutely be involved in your diet. Good nephrology departments should have a dietician available to consult with you as diet is very important in renal disease. ...Read more

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Are there stages of congestive heart failure?

Are there stages of congestive heart failure?

NYHA: Heart failure is staged according to the new york heart association classification. In the system, class i is no symptoms. Class ii is symptoms with a high level of physical activity. Class iii his symptoms with a low level of activity. Class IV is symptoms at rest. ...Read more

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Are heart failure and congestive heart failure similar?

Are heart failure and congestive heart failure similar?

Yes: Heart failure is a colloquial term for the formal "congestive heart failure" diagnosis. The term "congestive" refers to the fact that with heart failure, fluid backs up in to the lungs, causing lung congestion and shortness of breath. ...Read more

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My sister says she has congestive heart failure. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?

My sister says she has congestive heart failure. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?

No: CHF is the final common pathway that results from many heart diseases. Unless you have a rare, inherited heart anomaly that you share with your sister, you won't get CHF unless you acquire some other progressive heart problem, for example, heart attacks. ...Read more

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Can you cure congestive heart failure?

Can you cure congestive heart failure?

Control: We have medications to treat the symptoms of heart failure. But most of the time we are not actually curing it but controlling it. There are occasional types of heart failure that actually go away and in that case, i guess the word cure would be appropriate. Similarly, if you have high blood pressure, medicine can control it but in most cases, you have to keep taking the medications. ...Read more

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Do I need to report congestive heart failure as a long-term health condition, or does it go away after being treated?

Do I need to report congestive heart failure as a long-term health condition, or does it go away after being treated?

Possible: CHF can resolve if the underlying abnormality causing the CHF can be fixed. CHF can be the result of heart muscle dysfunction, valve dysfunction, pericardial dysfunction, or even a kidney abnormality. If the underlying abnormality can be repaired, such as valve replacement or recovery of kidney function, CHF may resolve. ...Read more

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What happens in congestive heart failure?

What happens in congestive heart failure?

Fluid retention: When the heart is not functioning normally, neurologic and endocrine signals are sent to the kidney to retain salt and water. Fluid buildup in the body causing shortness of breath and swelling of the lower extremities. ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Werner
720 doctors shared insights

Congestive Heart Failure (Definition)

Basically, it is a condition in which your heart becomes an inefficient pump. As a result, fluid backs up into your lungs and also your lower extremities. There are numerous causes for this but ischemic heart disease is the most common cause. This can be diagnosed by laboratory test, chest xray, as well as an echo or ...Read more


Dr. Arthur Heller
2,585 doctors shared insights

Diet (Definition)

Diet is a four letter word implying temporary measures with few good permanent results. I believe instead in 'healthy lifestyle changes' that may produce results more slowly ...Read more