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How does someone get congestive heart failure?

How does someone get congestive heart failure?

Weak heart muscle: A weakening of the heart muscle from coronary artery disease, too much alcohol or a viral infection weakens the heart muscle leading to chf. Find the cause first, then the treatment follows. See a good cardiologist, plenty of good ones in palo alto. ...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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How does someone get heart failure?

How does someone get heart failure?

Rupture: Of cholesterol plaque in coronary artery causing heart attack or any other process where heart muscle becomes weakened causing systolic dysfunction & also can get diastolic heart failure when heart muscle squeezes well but doesn't relax well. ...Read more

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How can someone prevent congestive heart failure?

How can someone prevent congestive heart failure?

Health maintenance: The top causes of HF in the US are coronary artery disease, HTN, renal failure. These can be prevented/managed with good healthy lifestyles and meds. Other causes, ie viral cardiomyopathy, hemochromatosis, etc are rare. ...Read more

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How does someone get coronary heart disease?

How does someone get coronary heart disease?

Risk Factors: Sometimes the cards are stacked against you, i.e. Genetic problems. Sometimes you stack the deck yourself: almost everyone will have some atherosclerosis if they live long enough but smoking, very bad diet, sedentary (ie. No exercise) lifestyle, lack of management of cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar, non-compliance with doctor exacerbates the risks and advances the disease faster. ...Read more

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How does someone get heart disease?

How does someone get heart disease?

Depends: That would depend on what type of heart disease you are talking about. There are things you are born with, there are infections, trauma, and things that are related to risk factors. Coronary artery disease for instance is more common if you have diabetes, smoke, have a high cholesterol, and a family history of the problem. ...Read more

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How do you cure congestive heart failure?

How do you cure congestive heart failure?

Cure is wrong word: as CHF can be controlled and compensated. Very few are "cured" if you remove the reason for the heart failure (and the patient gets "lucky") as in alcohol induced cardiomyopathy or ischemia or post partum cardiomyopathy and a few with viral etiology. Most important: CHF can be prevented by treating early the disease conducing to it (like hypertension, heart attacks, diabetes, smoking, etc) ...Read more

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How would someone describe congestive heart failure?

How would someone describe congestive heart failure?

Excess fluid: Congestive heart failure is when the heart is not able to pump as it would normally, and extra fluid can accumulate in the lungs or legs, depending on the type of congestive heart failure. ...Read more

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How does someone get a leaky heart valve?

How does someone get a leaky heart valve?

Multiple ways: The are multiple causes for leaky heart valves. Some of the most common causes are: congenital (born that way), rheumatic disease, deterioration over time, and infection of the valve. ...Read more

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How does someone prevent coronary heart disease?

How does someone prevent coronary heart disease?

Take charge: Control your risk factors: blood pressure goal <130/80mmhg ldl goal< 100mg/dl daily aerobic exercise > 45 minutes do not smoke stay close to normal BMI of < 25kg/m2 if you are diabetic, keep good control with A1c goal < 7%. ...Read more

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How long can you live with congestive heart failure?

How long can you live with congestive heart failure?

CHF: CHF treated well could be consistent with a long life if it stays stable. It needs the patient and medical staff to work together. The cause of the CHF as well as the treatment and the other status of the patient come into the equation also. ...Read more

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How do I prevent congestive heart failure?

How do I prevent congestive heart failure?

Dx Early & TxDrivers: Proactively check heart (a) chamber sizes, (b) function & (c) valve function to catch CHF early, good quality echocardiogram images which you personally see & understand crucial. Aggressively tx drivers of atherosclerosis [lipoproteins (not cholesterol) blood sugar, bp, etc. To abnormally healthy levels] very early, stay physically active & slender, solve anger issues, smile, & the list goes on. ...Read more

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How long can I live with congestive heart failure?

How long can I live with congestive heart failure?

It depends: With appropriate treatment, survival can be extended significantly. If needed, heart transplant is an option as well. ...Read more

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How does presyncope relate to heart failure?

How does presyncope relate to heart failure?

Several causes: Presyncope which is the sensation that you might faint but actually do not lose consciousness. This sensation could be due to rapid changes in position like standing up. It may be due to low blood pressure due to diuretics or other meds. A change in heart rhythm (too slow or too fast) can also cause this feeling. Less commonly very poor pumping power can cause this sensation. ...Read more

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How can I manage congestive heart failure?

How can I manage congestive heart failure?

Less water and salt: Daily weight to make sure that the salt and water retention is not getting worse. The main treatment is using water pills to take the water load off your heart. However, the most important step is salt restriction 2000 milligram per day and fluid intake restriction less than 50 ounces per day (6 of the 8 ounce cups including the moisture in the food). ...Read more

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How can a person live with congestive heart failure?

How can a person live with congestive heart failure?

Prognosis with CHF: Survival with CHF is variable depending on such factors as the cause of the heart failure (systolic versus diastolic) and the treatments employed. Use of beta blockers, acei/arbs, spironolctone, icd's, and cardiac resynchronization therapy positively influence prognosis greatly. ...Read more

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How can you cure diastolic heart failure?

How can you cure diastolic heart failure?

Cure diastolic CHF: There is no cure and currently the only treatments aside from experimental are to work on causes such as controlling hypertension, avoiding obesity, treating sleep apnea. Avoiding tachycardia may also be helpful. ...Read more

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How long could someone live with mild congestive heart failure (chf)?

How long could someone live with mild congestive heart failure (chf)?

Indefinitely?...: Mild congestive heart failure, if aggressively managed with appropriate medications and lifestyle changes, can sometimes remain mild for many years, even for the duration of a person's life. Rarely, the heart contractility even improves with medications, or with avoidance of further insults to the heart. ...Read more

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How does left heart failure lead to right heart failure or chf?

How does left heart failure lead to right heart failure or chf?

Left heart failure: Left ventricle is the main pumping chamber of the heart and damage to that chamber either from a heart attack or a cardiomyopathy can lead to heart failure. Congestive heart failure is a condition where the heart cannot pump the blood delivered to it and backs up into the lungs causing shortness of breath. This can be caused by left heart failure, and can also lead to both chambers failing. ...Read more

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How does someone or stop coronary heart disease?

How does someone or stop coronary heart disease?

CAD: Lower cholesterol to less tha 100, control blood pressure, stop smoking, exercise regularly, lose weight can give you the best chance but there are still no guarantees. ...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