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How does heart failure affect the kidneys relating to anatomy and physiology?

How does heart failure affect the kidneys relating to anatomy and physiology?

HF and kidney: In advanced heart failure the blood flow to the kidneys decrease and then this will lead to less blood perfusion and kidneys get affected. ...Read more

Dr. Quresh Khairullah
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Dialysis (Definition)

Simple answer is that it is a medical technology used primarily to provide an artificial replacement for lost kidney function in people with renal failure. Hemodialysis remove wastes and excess water from the blood by circulating blood outside the body through an external filter, called a dialyzer. Blood and dialysate flow through in opposite directions and the ...Read more


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How can I avoid encountering breathing difficulty in the case of kidney and heart failure?

How can I avoid encountering breathing difficulty in the case of kidney and heart failure?

HD: If your kidneys have failed, then the fluid accumulated, will accumlate on your lungs, and legs, depending on how bad the kidney failure is, the soloution would be hemodialysis or at least consult with a kidney specialist (nephrologist) ...Read more

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Frequent urination only at night, can this be caused by heart failure or kidney disease?

Urinating often: There are several causes for getting up at night to urinate (u). If you are walking around and your ankles are swollen at the end of the day, you have edema. The fluid in your legs gets back into the circulation which is why you u at night. See a cardiologist for a physical examination and have some blood taken to arrive at the answer to your question. ...Read more

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How long can you live with liver failure and kidney failure and heart failure?

How long can you live with liver failure and kidney failure and heart failure?

Multiorgan failure: The more organs one has failing the worse condition the body is experiencing. With three major and crucial systems failing one can not expect long survival. ...Read more

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My mum has just been diagnosed stage 4 kidney failure she also has been told she can't have transplant as has heart failure how long can u live dialys?

My mum has just been diagnosed stage 4 kidney failure she also has been told she can't have transplant as has heart failure how long can u live dialys?

Depends on heart: It depend on general health and associated health conditions especially heart disease. Heart failure by itself doesn't prevent someone from getting kidney transplant. I guess she was evaluated in a transplant center and being followed by a cardiologist. ...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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My mom's lower legs have been swelling. BP 163/80 pulse 49. Hist lupus and overweight. Chances heart failure? Lupus attacking kidneys? Waiting on labs

My mom's lower legs have been swelling. BP 163/80 pulse 49. Hist lupus and overweight. Chances heart failure? Lupus attacking kidneys? Waiting on labs

Need echocardiogram: Right heart failure with pulmonary arterial hypertension should be ruled out, start with an echo in addition to other testing by a specialist who treats this disease which is life threatening. ...Read more

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Can Xanax (alprazolam) be taken with dialysis dependent and congestive heart failure?

Can Xanax (alprazolam) be taken with dialysis dependent and congestive heart failure?

It can be taken: Your doc should make the decision based upon severity of your symptoms and the potential for side effects. At your age benzodiazepines can make you unsteady and raise your risk for fall. ...Read more

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Congestive heart failure, kidney failure and staph?

Congestive heart failure, kidney failure and staph?

CHF, kidney, staph: Patients with a staph infection can have an endocarditis, which affects the heart valves. Once it is on a valve, septic emboli can be sent to other places, the brain, retina, bone or kidney. Those emboli to the kidney can cause renal failure. A damaged heart valve can also cause chf. I would imagine the person you are talking about is in the hospital, perhaps you should speak to her doctor. ...Read more

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My 96yr old aunt is stage 4 renal failure. Congestive heart failure, hypertension, no dialysis. How long does she have?

My 96yr old aunt is stage 4 renal failure. Congestive heart failure, hypertension, no dialysis. How long does she have?

Life expectancy: You ask a difficult question. Stage 4 chronic kidney disease (ckd) is far advanced stage of ckd. The life expectancy (l) of a 96 year old female in the us is 3.18 years. That is the l without ckd. Patients with CKD live shorter than those without it. Your question is a difficult one to answer and I hope this helps. ...Read more

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What is the life expentancy for a 66 year old woman with stage 4 kidney failure and congestive heart failure and diabetes?

What is the life expentancy for a 66 year old woman with stage 4 kidney failure and congestive heart failure and diabetes?

Life expectancy: According to this website: http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmed/22442392

men and women aged 40 years had a life expectancy of 30.5 and 34.6 years at egfr ≥ 60 ml/min/1.73 m (2), 24.5 and 28.7 years at egfr 45-59 ml/min/1.73 m (2), 14.5 and 16.5 years at egfr 30-44 ml/min/1.73 m (2) and 10.4 and 9.1 years at egfr 15-29 ml/min/1.73 m (2), respectively. Patients with diabetes and CHF can live shorter. ...Read more

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I have congestive heart failure, stage 5 kidney failure and diabetes, what could be the cause of my extreme thigh muscle hardening?

I have congestive heart failure, stage 5 kidney failure and diabetes, what could be the cause of my extreme thigh muscle hardening?

Thigh: I would be concerned about a blood clot in the thigh veins or swelling caused by marked tissue fluid collection in view of the presence of advanced cardiac and kidney failure. In any event you should be examined by your cardiologist or nephrologist for this development. ...Read more

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My dad takes sutent (sunitinib) for stage 4 kidney cancer & also has congestive heart failure. What meds can he take for it?

See your doctor: Congestive heart failure is usually treated with diuretics and other medications tailored to your situation. The advice of your internist oncologist, or cardiologist with respect to treatment would be best in this situation. ...Read more

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My mother, 84 yrs. Has one kidney working 30%. She has congestive heart failure and inoperaple liver cancer. How long, in your opinion, will she live?

My mother, 84 yrs. Has one kidney working 30%. She has congestive heart failure and inoperaple liver cancer. How long, in your opinion, will she live?

CHF & Cancer: Patients with congestive heart failure and an advanced liver cancer together are, on average, predicted to succumb to their diseases in 6-12 months or less. The more immediate problem of what sounds like impending kidney failure in your mother, unless she opts for dialysis, will probably supervene before the heart and cancer problems take their toll. ...Read more

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My mother has congestive heart failure with kidney failure and fluid build up in her lungs. Been in hospital on & off for 3 months. Death soon?

My mother has congestive heart failure with kidney failure and fluid build up in her lungs. Been in hospital on & off for 3 months. Death soon?

Depends,: The details that matter include how bad are kidneys eg stage 3, 4, 5? And how bad is heart ejection fraction ef, how low? 30, 20, 10? How responsive is she to water pills? Does she have other illnesses (comorbidities)? She sounds certainly very ill. Ask her doc about more information including above questions and the discussion will flow more naturally to better answer the question of longevity. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my father takes sutent (sunitinib) for stage 4 kidney cancer & also has congestive heart failure. Any meds he can take for it?

What do you suggest if my father takes sutent (sunitinib) for stage 4 kidney cancer & also has congestive heart failure. Any meds he can take for it?

Be careful: Advanced cancer of the kidney is hard to deal with. There is little to do although the sutent (sunitinib) is sometimes helpful. It will not cure it but can slow it down. You however need to talk to the doctor who prescribed as this can exacerbate the heart failure. The pt may want to continue the drug despite the CHF. This has to be decided by pt and physician weighing the benefits. Diuretics and b blockers ...Read more

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Have pots. Today swollen painful abdomen and vibrating feelings. Doc didn't think aorta. Had normal post-viral echo 5 months ago but should I be concerned about heart failure? Or just kidney infection

Unlikely: Unlikely heart failure if recent echo "completely" normal, though sometimes diastolic function is either missed or not appropriately interpreted on echoes. In rare cases, hf presents with isolated abdominal swelling, ascites, though most often with concomitant symptoms of dyspnea wih exertion and lower extremity edema...Unclear about the " vibrating feelings". ...Read more

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Does BP 120/70 for 57+ yr female (on 'Olmezest 20') indicate any post cardiac issue (e.g. heart failure etc)?

Does BP 120/70 for 57+ yr female (on 'Olmezest 20') indicate any post cardiac issue (e.g. heart failure etc)?

Need the whole story: A blood pressure reading of 120/70 (especially if a one-time reading) has no special meaning by itself, because it happens in normal healthy people, in people with "mild" diseases, in people with "serious" diseases, in people with heart problems, and in people with no heart problems. The only way to tell is to get the whole picture of what is happening with a particular patient. ...Read more

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Continuous headache and off balance a bit. I have also had heart failure two years ago and heart attach six months ago. I am also a big man in my 60's?

Continuous headache and off balance a bit. I have also had heart failure two years ago and heart attach six months ago. I am also a big man in my 60's?

Need and exam + MRI?: Your headache may or may not be related to your lack of balance. You should see your physician as you may need an MRI of the brain. A careful history and neurological exam will be necessary to establish the cause of your symptoms. You won't be able to self-diagnose these symptoms on the internet. See your physician soon. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What drugs can cause heart failure?

What drugs can cause heart failure?

Drugs and HF: There are several drugs used to treat specific types of cancer that are associated with the development of heart failure. The most common are doxorubicin, cyclophosphamide, and trastuzamab. This doesn't mean that they should not be used but that their use should be carefully monitored. Alcohol, cocaine, and amphetamines can also cause heart failure. ...Read more

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When do people not die from heart failure?

When do people not die from heart failure?

Many reasons: Most patients with heart failure can live a long life nowadays. It depends on how severe it is. Factors that determine how long you live are:1. How severe it is 2. What is the underlying cause 3. How good is your treatment 4. How compliant you are with the treatment 5. What other illnesses you have 6. How old you are
so find a good doctor and do what he advises and you should be around a while. ...Read more

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Is heart failure controlled with medication?

Is heart failure controlled with medication?

Yes: Heart healthy diet particularly low in salt and exercise training can help improve heart failure. However certain medications such as beta blockers, ace or arb and Aldactone (spironolactone) improve survival and should be taken if so advised by your cardiologist. ...Read more

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Could qt long syndrome lead to heart failure?

Could qt long syndrome lead to heart failure?

Long QT: No it doesn't but I can lead to arrhythmia (abnormal heart rhythm). ...Read more

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


Kidney (Definition)

The kidneys are paired organs that lie on either side of the vertebral column. Part of their critical functions include the excretion of urine and removal of nitrogenous wastes products from the blood. They regulate acid-base, electrolyte, fluid balance and blood pressure. Through hormonal signals, the kidneys control the ...Read more