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Congestive Heart Failure Mortality
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
Incr mortality: Congestive heart failure suggests either prior infection/inflammation, valvular dysfunction, or coronary artery disease (most common). Regardless, CHF is associated with increase mortality compared to similar person w/o condition. It also has a profoundly negative impact on quality of life. Check out http://www.Mayoclinic.Com/health/heart-failure/ds00061. ...Read more
Too little info: Congestive heart failure (CHF) is in many ways a generic term - it is more of a symptom than a diagnosis. Someone suffering with CHF typically has shortness of breath, fatigue and fluid build up in the lung tissue. The root cause of CHF will determine the prognosis. Some causes of CHF include inherited muscle diseases (cardiomyopathy), coronary artery disease (heart attacks), kidney faliure, etc. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Why don't men want to go to doctors? My husband has congestive heart failure, and I feel I have to drag him in to be seen. What will happen to him without treatment?
Fear: Without treatment of significant congestive heart failure you can expect worsening disability and hastening death. As to your question as to why men don't want to go to the doctor it is usually fear of having to deal with the unknown. Reassure him, tell him that you are with him all the way and perhaps he will listen. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have congestive heart failure and the diuretic i take is no longer working. What other options are the to avoid water rent emotion?
Change diuretic?: You should ask your physician, if you are on hydrochlorthiazide (h) if you should go to a loop diuretic, forsemide (f). Patients with chronic kidney disease do not respond to h but do respond to f. If that does not work, ask to have an echocardiogram to see if you have pulmonary artery hypertension (p) and what your ejection fraction is. If you have p, there is medicine for that to lessen edema. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Variable: All 94yo patients have a high overall mortality rate. Renal failure and congestive heart failure are two conditions which can contribute to a rapid decline and death over the short term. Conversely, if the renal insufficiency is mild, and the CHF is well managed, limited life expectancy may not be unduly hastened. ...Read more
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
My sister says she has congestive heart failure. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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