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Is it dangerous to stop taking a diuretic if you have congestive heart failure and high blood pressure and edema in legs?

Is it dangerous to stop taking a diuretic if you have congestive heart failure and high blood pressure and edema in legs?

Stop diuretic?: Why would one want to stop a diuretic with edema? The person in question should discuss the idea of stopping diuretics with the physician who ordered them and have the physician explain to that person why that is not a good idea. Apart from the fact that the edema will not resolve off diuretics, the person's BP will likely worsen off diuretic therapy. ...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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Congestive heart failure is causing clear fluid to leak through my skin on both legs from ankle to mid-calf. Treatment?

Congestive heart failure is causing  clear fluid to leak through my skin on both legs from ankle to mid-calf.   Treatment?

Or better Rx: You probably need better heart failure treatment. See your cardiologist. Additionally, make sure you are taking your medications regularly, and eat a low sodium diet. ...Read more

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How can a congenital heart disease cause congestive heart failure?

How can a congenital heart disease cause congestive heart failure?

Flow demands: The fetal heart is required to do about half the work of living outside. Blood from the body is pumped through the heart back to the body & placenta without going through the lungs. Mom also does the work of providing nutrients, removing waste & keeping temperature stable. After birth, the heart must pump thru the lungs & do more work. The additional load can lead the heart to fail. ...Read more

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What cough medicine is best for patients that have CHF congestive heart failure?

What cough medicine is best for patients that have CHF congestive heart failure?

No perfect answer: Probably best to avoid combination medicines which contain pseudoephedrine, which many do. This speeds up your heart. Diphenhydramine (benedryl) can dry up secretions. However, it is important to understand that the cough may be due to the chf. Also medications commonly used to treat CHF (ace inhibitors - often end with ..Pril) can sometimes cause a chronic dry cough. Talk to your md. ...Read more

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Is it recommended for people who suffer from congestive heart failure to take special precautions with their dental care?

Is it recommended for people who suffer from congestive heart failure to take special precautions with their dental care?

CHF: Congestive heart failure patients usually have structural abnormalities of the heart muscle and can have rhythm abnormalities so yes. Dental care both in the office and at home is important. A the dentist some office procedures and drugs could be problematic. Poor dental hygiene at home could result in infections which could cause valve problems. So dental care is important. ...Read more

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My husband has COPD and congestive heart failure. He is 86 and very weak. Docs said this is bad. What is there to help him?

My husband has COPD and congestive heart failure. He is 86 and very weak. Docs said this is bad. What is there to help him?

Quality of life : For people at this age no matter what disease they might suffer of the most important thing is quality of life. Certainly depending on how advanced these two conditions are it is crucial to weight the risks of not taking medications as prescribed versus living with unwanted and uncomfortable side effects. Making sure he is comfortable with his treatment and discussing with pcp is vital. ...Read more

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If you have congestive heart failure.......Would that be seen in an echocardiogram at rest? If not, what tests or such can detect then.

If you have congestive heart failure.......Would that be seen in an echocardiogram at rest? If not, what tests or such can detect then.

Congestive aheart fa: The diagnosis of congestive heart failure is mstly clinical with edema, shortness of breath, engorged neck veins, liver enlargement and rales in lungs on auscultation.Xray chest, bnp test on blood elevated is done some times and resting echocardiogram is helpful in defining the ejection fraction and other imaging.So resting echo will be helpful along with all others. ...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

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