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How do people with CHF usually die?

How do people with CHF usually die?

Arythmia: Usually a terminal arrythmia related to metabolic status etc-hence the use of implanted diffibriltors. ...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


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If they are treated properly, do people with mild CHF die early?

If they are treated properly, do people with mild CHF die early?

No: Life expectancy with CHF has made huge strides over the last 2 decades. Prognosis is better than it's ever been. If there is a reversible cause, it should be pursued, of course. Even with advanced chf, cardiac resynchronization, intracardiac defibrillators, and lv assist devices have made a huge difference. Current drugs often can improve heart strength also. ...Read more

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If somebody says he's going to die from chf, what actually will cause his death? What happens in the body?

If somebody says he's going to die from chf, what actually will cause his death? What happens in the body?

Multiple organs: Heart failure affects all the organs in the body, as the heart is unable to pump enough blood to meet the needs. The usual, immediate cause of death is accumulation of fluid in the lungs due to backing up of blood in the lung and liquid part of blood leaking out into the air spaces, pulmonary edema. ...Read more

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I'm hyperthyroid nd now have CHF after storm. Can the CHF go away after my thyroidectomy? I'm scare d to die.

I'm hyperthyroid nd now have CHF after  storm.  Can the CHF go away after my thyroidectomy? I'm scare
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Yes: You will need thyroid replacement hormone for the rest of your life and will be monitored with frequent blood tests for TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone). You will see an endocrinologist and a cardiologist who will monitor how you are faring and you should do quite well. ...Read more

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Hi i was diagnosed with CHF my ejection fraction is 38% I am now pregnant with my 4th child I have to a another c seaction i was wondering will i die?

Hi i was diagnosed with CHF my ejection fraction is 38% I am now pregnant with my 4th child I have to a another c seaction i was wondering will i die?

Unlikely: Very unlikely, but your care needs to be managed by a team including your obgyn and cardiologist as well as anesthesia and a high-risk pregnancy doc (mfm). They will do as many things as possible to maximize your continued good health. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can you die from CHF I have it real bad my chest stays hurting and I'm swollen all over I have type 2 Diabetes and my father he done had 5 heart attacks he got the same thing and he had open heart surgery and they had to put stints in his heart valves and

Can you die from CHF I have it real bad my chest stays hurting and I'm swollen all over I have type 2 Diabetes and my father he done had 5 heart attacks he got the same thing and he had open heart surgery and they had to put stints in his heart valves and

Yes: Unfortunately, heart failure is very serious and progression is life threatening. There have been great strides in improving outcomes, but any effective treatment relies on patients learning about the disease and knowing how to respond to symptoms, how to effectively manage fluids, and how to make heart healthy lifestyle decisions.If the chest pain is new, head to the ED tonight. ...Read more

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When was CHF found?

When was CHF found?

Remote in history: Long long ago patients were noted to develop swelling and shortness of breath. It was called "hydrops" and was treated with mercurial diuretics in the past before they were found to be toxic due to murcury content giving way to the new diuretics like acetazolamide, thiazides, and loop diuretics. ...Read more

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How is CHF diagnosed?

How is CHF diagnosed?

Chf: History, physical exam, ekg, chest x-ray, echocardiogram are tools to make such a diagnosis. Primary symptoms include shortness of breath, chest pain, swelling in the feet or legs. ...Read more

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How can CHF be treated?

Multiple ways: Treatment can focus on 1) improving symptoms (using medications such as diuretics) or 2) treating the underlying problem (such as surgically repairing a valve) or 3) improving the function of the heart (such as a biventricular pacemaker). Factors that aggravate heart failure such as anemia or hyperthyroidism can be corrected. ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Werner
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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