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I had congestive heart faliure in 8/2009. Will i always have congestive heart failure? I no longer have any symptoms. I can do all things. I did b4

I had congestive heart faliure in 8/2009. Will i always have congestive heart  failure?  I no longer have any symptoms. I can do all things. I did b4

Depends.: Will need to ask your doc. Some types of failure are completely reversible. Ps the reason we can't answer this question is that "heart failure" is not a diagnosis. It is the common end of multiple pathways. If we knew your diagnosis (for example viral myocarditis or ischemic cardiomyopathy) we could answer this better. ...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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What is congestive heart failure?

What is congestive heart failure?

Weakened heart: A normal heart will eject (ef) about 60% of blood from main chamber (left ventricle) out aorta and feeds entire body with oxygenated blood. When this muscle chamber, size of fist, develops weakness of some of it's walls (heart attack, eg) or is constricted (pericarditis) etc, then it starts failing, ef decreases, backup pressure develops, fluid builds up in lungs or legs and CHF has occurred. ...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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Is congestive heart failure inherited?

Is congestive heart failure inherited?

Sometimes inherited: Certain causes of congestive heart failure are inherited (example genetic enzyme deficiencies leading to dilated cardiomyopathy or hypertension which can may directly or indirectly lead to chf). CHF has multiple other causes including acquired injuries to the heart (like in coronary disease) wherein genetics play a role as one of the risks. ...Read more

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Is congestive heart failure dangerous?

Is congestive heart failure dangerous?

Yes: The 2 year mortality from untreated congestive heart failure in 50%. Luckily, treatment changes that ugly statistic but it still isn't something that's good. ...Read more

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How severe is congestive heart failure?

How severe is congestive heart failure?

No Symptoms to Fatal: Like most issues, varies very widely. CHF typically progresses slowly over years to decades & is not recognized until symptoms become severe enough that people finally seek help (way down the road) due to shortness of breath (lung edema), leg edema, increasing fatigue, etc. Alternatively, it can be detected early, before symptomatic, in several ways; good quality echocardiography probably best. ...Read more

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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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Congestive heart failure? Can it go away?

Congestive heart failure? Can it go away?

It depends.: There are numerous causes of heart failure. Heart failure is generally a disease of heart muscle that leads to decreased contractility(squeeze) of the heart or decreased relaxation in between contraction of the heart. Most heart failure is treatable and some reversible. For example arrhythmias , metabolic problems or some coronary disease .Genetic causes usually do not go away. ...Read more

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How do you cure congestive heart failure?

How do you cure congestive heart failure?

Cure is wrong word: as CHF can be controlled and compensated. Very few are "cured" if you remove the reason for the heart failure (and the patient gets "lucky") as in alcohol induced cardiomyopathy or ischemia or post partum cardiomyopathy and a few with viral etiology. Most important: CHF can be prevented by treating early the disease conducing to it (like hypertension, heart attacks, diabetes, smoking, etc) ...Read more