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I have congestive heart failure with a 30% ejection fraction, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy , and left bundle branch block is it safe for me to fly?

I have  congestive heart failure with a 30% ejection fraction, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy , and left bundle branch block is it safe for me to fly?

Depends: It depends on your overall health. Do you have an icd, are you on daily oxygen, daily medications, can you sit for exended lengths of time, how long is the flight? Commercial airlines have cabin pressures set to about 7000ft. So if you can tolerate that altitude (denver is about 5600ft), air travel may be ok. Discuss with your doctor. Tsa will need to know if you have an icd. ...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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Do doctors see a lot of patients with congestive heart failure?

Do doctors see a lot of patients with congestive heart failure?

Yes: Sadly, congestive heart failure, which is a complex syndrome that occurs for a variety of reasons & causes symptoms of fluid retention in the lungs and legs, breathlessness, and fatigue remains a common and frequently encountered problem seen in virtually all fields of medicine. It is usually treated by family docs, internists, and cardiologists. ...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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What does it mean if a patient with congestive heart failure has cyanosis coupled with liver and kidney failure?

What does it mean if a patient with congestive heart failure has cyanosis coupled with liver and kidney failure?

Treat it fast: This organs all are affecting each other. Congestive heart failure affects liver and both cause kidney problem. It's possible to control heart, liver and kidney failure by specific measures and medications in most of the cases. ...Read more

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Congestive heart failure i was diagnosed with CHF and a 80 percent block of the right coronary artery my ejection fraction is up to 55-60 from 25-30 i still get tired and short of breath not getting answers from my doctor could that be from the block any

Congestive heart failure i was diagnosed with CHF and a 80 percent block of the right coronary artery my ejection fraction is up to 55-60 from 25-30 i still get tired and short of breath not getting answers from my doctor could that be from the block any

That : That is great news that your ejection fraction (ef) has improved that much, as that is directly correlated with your overall long term prognosis. You clearly are still symptomatic though. If you find that your shortness of breath continues, it is certainly possible that the stenosis in your right coronary artery is the culprit, although without knowing more information it is hard to say definitively. My best advice to you is to find a physician that will answer your questions and communicate with you so that you may understand your care. Heart disease is complex and involves the interplay of many factors, and an excellent relationship with your cardiologist can be the most important one. ...Read more

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Will patients with congestive heart failure die within 5 years?

Will patients with congestive heart failure die within 5 years?

Not necessarily: With good healthcare and, good lifestyle choices (limit salt, weight loss, no smoking, etc) people can live long lives even with a history of chf. There are excellent medications to help the heart beat more efficiently, decrease fluid, and help people feel much better. ...Read more

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When do you require a crtd for a congestive heart failure patient? What is differences between crtd, crtp, crt, icd?

When do you require a crtd for a congestive heart failure patient? What is differences between crtd, crtp, crt, icd?

CRT: Cardiac re synchronization therapy is a pacemaker that corrects the loss of synchronization of both ventricles in CHF patients with marked intraventricular conduction delay. Because it is used in patients with low ef we often use it with defibrillator capability. Icd is a defibrillator device generally single chamber for patients who just need that function. ...Read more

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Just a general question i haveIs it common for a patient that has already been diagnosed with congestive heart failure 2 undergo a Heart Catherization?

Just a general question i haveIs it common for a patient that has already been diagnosed with congestive heart failure 2 undergo a Heart Catherization?

Relatively: As part of the work up for heart failure ischemic cardiomyopathy is always of concern and this is when a heart cath may be extremely helpful in determining a possible cause. ...Read more

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What types of patients gets congestive heart failure?

What types of patients gets congestive heart failure?

Several: Those with heart attack or coronary disease, leaking valves, hypertension, primary heart muscle disease (cardiomyopathy), anemia, overactive thyroid, chemotherapy, or itamin deficiency. ...Read more

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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