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Dr. Linda Callaghan
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Copd (Definition)

COPD may include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. Chronic bronchitis is the production of increased mucus caused by inflammation. Bronchitis is considered chronic if you cough and produce excess mucus most days for three months in a year, two years in a row. Emphysema is a disease that damages the air sacs and/or the smallest breathing tubes in the lungs. ...Read more


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If someone with COPD and CHF has constant reflux, what does it mean?

If someone with COPD and CHF has constant reflux, what does it mean?

Reflux: Having COPD and CHF certainly doesn't mean you can't also have reflux as they are not typically related. Ironically, some of the medications used to treat COPD and CHF can worsen reflux. Reflux can worsen copd. ...Read more

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If a person with COPD and CHF has constant reflux, what does it mean?

If a person with COPD and CHF has constant reflux, what does it mean?

See below: There is a relation between asthma and reflux. People especially with adult asthma are more likely to have reflux. The relation is not well understood but perhaps the reflux of acid damages the lung tissue especially if the person also tends to aspirate into the lungs. Also nerves connected to the esophagus may due to reflux cause the airway to constrict. Lungs mirror the GI tract, someone said. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of CHF and COPD?

What are the symptoms of CHF and COPD?

Similar&Different: Some symptoms are similar like shortness of breath on exertion or rest, low oxygen saturation
CHF causes Edema of feet and legs,
COPD causes chest tightness, wheezing, lack of energy and frequent exacerbations ...Read more

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Can CHF cause me to have any COPD disease?

Can CHF cause me to have any COPD disease?

No: CHF can cause pulmonary edema, when lungs fill up with fluid, but usually is the other way around with COPD causing CHF. ...Read more

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What to do if my hubby with CHF & COPD prognosis?

What to do if my hubby with CHF & COPD prognosis?

Your doc knows best: The specifics needed to answer your question really will take more than a small blurb here. You should review this with your treating PCP or cardiologist. ...Read more

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What can I do to help my dad who has CHF and copd?

What can I do to help my dad who has CHF and copd?

Avoid salt, push walk: Avoid as much salt as possible, and encourage to exercise. ...Read more

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Why is it more difficult to start an IV on CHF and COPD patient?

Why is it more difficult to start an IV on CHF and COPD patient?

Not necessarily: In any one with poor veins it is difficult to access. People with low BP and collapsed veins, it is even more difficult. ...Read more

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Why would it be difficult to start an IV on a CHF and COPD patient?

Why would it be difficult to start an IV on a CHF and COPD patient?

Not related: Some people have good veins, some have very small and fragile veins, some have used up their veins. There is nothing particular to COPD and CHF to make difficult IV access. ...Read more

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Why might it be that it be difficult to start an IV on CHF and COPD patient?

Why might it be that it be difficult to start an IV on CHF and COPD patient?

Congestive failure: Usually it is easy to start ivs on CHF and cold patients. It may be difficult if the veins are scarred from prior ivs or if the patient is dehydrated. ...Read more

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How would the results of a capnography be different if you had CHF as opposed to COPD?

How would the results of a capnography be different if you had CHF as opposed to COPD?

Depends: Both can be elevated when in the acute phase of illness. Once chf improves capnography is normal. Some advanced copd patients have chronic elevated capnography ...Read more

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Can a BNP blood test determine if you have CHF or COPD?

Can a BNP blood test determine if you have CHF or COPD?

Not really: BNP is helpful if you have both and you are coning Short of breath and you are wheezing and your exam is not showing fluids overload then if BNP is low that would make COPD most likely reason for your symptoms ...Read more

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Last Thursday my nana was taken to hospital for chf. Discharged Sunday. Monday taken in by EMS still there. Why so long?? 74 w CHF. And COPD

See Below: Your nana has two chronic and somewhat dangerous medical problems. Treating them can be very tricky. Sometimes if they are acting up severely, a longer stay in the hospital is necessary to treat them. The best thing to do is ask the doctors taking care of her, as they will have the most up to date information, and can best tell you what is going on. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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If a patient has COPD and CHF can you give them albuterol?

If a patient has COPD and CHF can you give them albuterol?

YES: If CHF is, stable, compensated and albuterol has to be used yes. There are alternatives, to try and stabilize COPD with maintenance medications so one doesn't need to use rescue albuterol too often. (inhaled steroids, laba's). ...Read more

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What's going on? In hospital for pneumonia and was diagnosed with CHF also have copd?

Possibilities: Chf, congestive heart failure, occurs when the heart is unable to effectively pump blood out of the heart to the rest of the body. As a result, fluid backs up into the lungs resulting in the "congestion." CHF is due to something else like disease in the heart itself but lung disease, like copd, can also result in heart failure especially when the pulmonary pressures elevate. There are treatments. ...Read more

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Would CHF EF 30% cause COPD? I take Amiodarone for 6 yrs I'm on O2 3 lit nite 2 lit day 24/7. SPo2 80 w/o O2. I also have SCD (sic beta thal)

Would CHF EF 30% cause COPD? I take Amiodarone for 6 yrs I'm on O2 3 lit nite 2 lit day 24/7. SPo2 80 w/o O2. I also have SCD (sic beta thal)

Pulmonary htn?: To answer your question precisely, no, CHF should not cause COPD. Have you been diagnosed with COPD, or are you assuming that's the cause of your poor oxygenation? With sickle beta thalassemia, I would guess that your problems with oxygen may relate more to pulmonary hypertension than COPD. Pulmonary hypertension is a common complication of SCD. Be well. ...Read more

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Can I have COPD and not know it until after I had heart attack and chf? And could I have had COPD for a long time and not know it? Could it bring it on

COPD Symptoms.: A couple of things could have happened here. (1) it may have been present but not symptomatic enough for you to have noticed. (2) It could have been there but its symptoms could have been attributed to other conditions, such as CHF. ...Read more

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Thanks for your help docs. It's been a long and stressful two yrs w/my mom having copd, CHF and a diabetic, we never know when it's her time to go : (.?

Thanks for your help docs. It's been a long and stressful two yrs w/my mom having copd, CHF and a diabetic, we never know when it's her time to go : (.?

Hard to know: If frequent trips to the hospital are occurring and her ability to do normal activities of daily living are getting difficult, you should start make plans for comfort care and discuss advance directives with her. Quality versus quantity of life is an important discussion to have with the whole family. We frequently do too much in the end of life when a chronic disease has no hope of improving. ...Read more

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What is reactive leukocytosis? Among many other illnesses, I have severe copd (was on hospice for 3mo.) CHF & CKD stage 3 if this helps in any way.

What is reactive leukocytosis? Among many other illnesses, I have severe copd (was on hospice for 3mo.) CHF & CKD stage 3 if this helps in any way.

Normal immune response: Reactive leukocytosis means you have more white blood cells then normal, and it's due to a reaction to an illness. It's not due to leukemia. Since you have COPD, you are probably taking prednisone. This is one of the main causes of reactive leukocytosis. Other causes include stress, infection, and inflammation. ...Read more

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My mom who has been in hosp for 29 days now has copd, CHF and is a diabetic. She's having a heart catherterzation tomorrow. What are the risk? Should I be there for this?

My mom who has been in hosp for 29 days now has copd, CHF and is a diabetic. She's having a heart catherterzation tomorrow. What are the risk? Should I be there for this?

Yes,: You should be there for this if it is possible. Your mom sounds pretty sick and no doubt could use the support. Heart catheterizations are very common but do carry some risk, especially when the person having it done is sick to begin with. ...Read more

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Was diagnosed with mthfr and a mitochondrial disorder what does this mean. I have CHF already and kidney disease and COPD.

Talk to your doc: A MTHFR deficiency is a shortage of a specific enzyme that put simply put one at risk for occlusive vascular disease, alzheimer's and other dementias. There are several types depending on how many genes are mutated. A mitochondrial disorder (there are many) essentially leaves one with neurologic symptoms (neuropathies) and various myopathies. Your doc is the best one to explain what that means to u ...Read more

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Was diagnosed with MTHFR & Mitochondrial Disorder. What does this mean for me. I already have CHF & kidney disease & COPD?

Was diagnosed with MTHFR & Mitochondrial Disorder. What does this mean for me. I already have CHF & kidney disease & COPD?

Geneticist: Speak with the geneticist. It affects your brain, your blood, your digestive system. Someone needs to put this together for you. There are a lot of factors to consider when treating any thing. Are medications not working or making things worse bec of your lack of methylfolate? Need to go back and talk to your physician ...Read more

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My mom has copd, CHF and is a diabetic. Kidney level are high and diuretic isn't working and has fluid on lungs how long will she live?

My mom has copd, CHF and is a diabetic. Kidney level are high and diuretic isn't working and has fluid on lungs how long will she live?

Depends: Your mom does have multiple organs affected and as such may not have a good prognosis. If kidneys are failing she may prolong her life possibly with dialysis. But it also depends on how severe her CHF and COPD are. ...Read more

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Moms weight is up and down one week she gained 3-4 a day then last night she lost 9 lbs. Is this normal for a pt who has chf, diabetic, COPD and pulmonary hypertension? How do u know if this is end stage?

Moms weight is up and down one week she gained 3-4 a day then last night she lost 9 lbs. Is this normal for a pt who has chf, diabetic, COPD and pulmonary hypertension? How do u know if this is end stage?

Concerning: Watch for fluid intake, salt intake on a daily basis. Use the same scale and at the same time of the day. Gaining weight could mean she is retaining fluid and will need to talk to her doc. ...Read more

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Can some who has been in hosp for over a month due to chf, copd, diabetic and now has been diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension (65yrs old) regain there strength and walk again? Or is this her diease taking over?

Can some who has been in hosp for over a month due to chf, copd, diabetic and now has been diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension (65yrs old) regain there strength and walk again? Or is this her diease taking over?

Yes: Yes, pulmonary and physical rehab are important for recovery.
Compliance with medical treatment and good understanding about these conditions is necessary.
Please clarify with your doctor, if the pulmonary hypertension is primary or secondary. ...Read more

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Hi Doc! My dad is 60 with a history of diabetes, HTN, hyperlipemia, CHF, COPD, MI, and stroke. Recently he was told that his wbc was extremely low &?

Hi Doc! My dad is 60 with a history of diabetes, HTN, hyperlipemia, CHF, COPD, MI, and stroke. Recently he was told that his wbc was extremely low &?

Low WBC 68 male: With the problems he has consider meds he is on as cause of low WBC. Need to consult a good local internist who can do complete Hx PE (have dr feel for spleen), and labs to decide what to do next. ...Read more

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My mom has had a stroke, has COPD and chf. She has no appetite and complains with upper stomach pain. Should I be concerned? She is 81.

My mom has had a stroke, has COPD and chf. She has no appetite and complains with upper stomach pain. Should I be concerned? She is 81.

Yes: I would recommend seeking medical attention immediately. A doctor should examine her to determine if there is a serious issue; given her heart and lung disease, the symptoms you mention a potentially very serious. ...Read more

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What should the O2 saturation be for a CO2 level of 33? My mom has COPD, CHF, Asthma, Afib. She has an O2machine at home. Is 5% too high?

What should the O2 saturation be for a CO2 level of 33? My mom has COPD, CHF, Asthma, Afib. She has an O2machine at home. Is 5% too high?

Does not compute.: Your mother's situation is complex & I can't make sense of your question since the O2 saturation measures oxyhemoglobin & CO2 measures carbon dioxide pressure. (They can be unrelated). 5% O2 saturation is TOO LOW - not compatible with life - for arterial blood. Do you mean 5 LPM on the O2 tank? Use HealthTap Prime or TTYD to get correct answers, because there's no way to answer using 400 character ...Read more

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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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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


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