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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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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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74 year old father has melanoma, congestive heart failure and copd. What are the best forms of treatment?

74 year old father has melanoma, congestive heart failure and copd. What are the best forms of treatment?

Melanoma treatment: Surgical treatment is the best. Find a surgical oncologist, dermatologist or a plastic surgeon that can evaluate this asap. ...Read more

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How to fluid in the lungs due to congestive heart failure?

How to fluid in the lungs due to congestive heart failure?

How to treat?: Usually fluid build up in lungs, due to chf, is treated by water pills and salt/ water restriction. ...Read more

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How to deminish fluid in the lungs due to congestive heart failure?

How to deminish fluid in the lungs due to congestive heart failure?

Why do you have CHF?: The answer in part requires your health care provider to determine why you have congestive heart failure and ruling out other possible causes for the fluid, and what other conditions you may have. Among the many important issues: do you have high blood pressure? Any lung disease? Kidney disease? A history of a past heart attack? What's your age? Has treatment been tried before? Did it work? ...Read more

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My father has 49% lung function due to congestive heart failure. He is 72 and diabetic. What can be predicted about his quality of life and care need?

My father has 49% lung function due to congestive heart failure. He is 72 and diabetic. What can be predicted about his quality of life  and care need?

Ok if self control: Needs to control fluid intake within 1500 ml = 50 ounces total per 24 hours including all types of fluids even those included in food moisture e.g. Stew. Also, salt restriction under 2000 mg salt per day. Salt rich food include bread & rolls, cured & processed meat, pizza, pickles, chips, fast food. If did that and took his meds, will do fine. Daily weights are big, call doc if off 6 lbs either way. ...Read more

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Why does fluid build up around the lungs in congestive heart failure (chf)?

Why does fluid build up around the lungs in congestive heart failure (chf)?

Problem is the heart: In chf, the heart cannot effectively pump blood from the lungs to the systemic circulation. So, the fluid cannot move forward and it thus remains backed up in the lungs. The fluid stays in the lungs because the heart is unable to do its job of pumping that from the lungs to the rest of the body. ...Read more

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Does congestive heart failure produce brown mucus in lungs or chest?

Does congestive heart failure produce brown mucus in lungs or chest?

Brown mucus: The brown colored mucus could be attributed to blood being mixed with phlegm.A small blood vessel could be broken in the lung tissue due to excessive pressoure. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (Copd) (Definition)

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, otherwise known as 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 for most days three months out of the year, two years in a row. Emphysema is a disease that damages the air sacs or the smallest breathing tubes in the lungs. COPD is commonly associated with smoking. ...Read more


Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more