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How Effective Is A Pacemaker In Preventing Heart Failure
It's not: Heart failure can be the result of many different problems such as heart attacks which weaken the heart muscle, untreated hypertension which can leas to a stiff heart, or drug toxicity such as can occur with certain types of chemotherapy. Decrease your chances of developing heart failure by managing your identifed risk factors (i.e. Hypertension). A pacemaker may be needed in advanced heart failur. ...Read more
A pacemaker is a device which sends electrical signals to the heart triggering heartbeats when needed. There are many ways to implant and configure a pacemaker; it may beat the top chambers (atria), lower chambers (ventricles) or both. Some systems stimulate both the left and right ventricles together. Pacemakers generally treat abnormally slow heart rhythms and certain ...Read more
My husband grandmother is 95 and is becoming extremely frail and ailing. His mum said she thought is grandma did not have a pacemaker she would have past away. Is this true? Does the pacemaker keep her alive so she would not die of heart failure due to
Pacemakers: Pacemakers are for the treatment of conduction system abnormalities/failure and in certain instances can be life prolonging in advanced conduction system disease. ...Read more
Can my dad who is 92 and has a pacemaker and defibulator still die from heart failure his arteries are beginning to clog up again?
Could I be having congestive heart failure I had a pacemaker put in last year because of atrial fib I take diltiazem which was just increased to 360 mg from 240 mg for the last few days and nights I am short of breath I wake up short of breath seems t
If: If you are experiencing shortness of breath and difficulty breathing when laying down, these are signs of congestive heart failure, and more specifically left heart failure. In left heart failure, fluid builds up in the lungs causing shortness of breath and difficulty breathing when laying down. Fatigue is also a sign that your heart may be working too hard. See a doctor sooner than your appointment. Go to the emergency room to be assessed if you can not get in right away to see your cardiologist. ...Read more
My husband has perm a-fib. Has had maze, conversions, hcm, mitral repair, pacemaker/defib, tikosyn (dofetilide) (stopped). Left atrium 6.4 cm. Will the afib lead to heart failure?
I had an biventricular pace maker fitted 11 months ago. Due to heart failure. But would like to know if thatwill stop me having another TIA?
My dad is suffering with hernia by the groin, his doctor told us that he can't do anything since he is in heart failure and had a pace maker in place.
Bi-Ventricular?: Ideally you have or will have a biventricular pacemaker. This type of pacemaker, pm, is designed for cardiac resynchronization therapy. It has 2 or 3 leads positioned to make the left ventricle contract at the same time - or in synchrony - as the right ventricle so that the heart beats in a more balanced way. This therapy has been known to reduce symptoms and improve quality of life for some pt. ...Read more
I have congestive heart failure and enlarged heart a pacemaker /defibrillator. I'm 26 years old. I was diagnosed six years ago. Can I have another baby?
I'm apx 10 weeks pregnant and have congestive heart failure, buergers disease and a pacemaker. Is it possible to have a full term pregnancy?
Yes, but high risk: Due to these conditions, yours will be seen as high risk and ALL your Dr (s) - OBGYN, cardios, etc need to work together. QUIT SMOKING if you still do! The rare disease you name is even more rare in females so risks will be unknown but w/ good care and your full compliance it's probably possible - but prepared to have lots of help for perhaps a few years. Good luck! Best wishes. ...Read more
Yes: There are many effective ways to treat heart arrhythmias and prevent consequences such as heart failure. The most common way is with medications such as beta blockers or other anti-arrhythmic medications. There are also procedures, called ablations, which treat the arrhythmia by interupting the electrical signals of the arrhythmia. A qualified cardiologist should be able to help. ...Read more
Prevention of CHF:
I don't know how old are you, and what was the cause of your family members life lost.
But you can prevent by having regular physical exams, stop smoking, control your bp, keep your cholesterol under control, get checked for diabetes and if you have it keep under control, avoid obesity, eat properly and exercise regularly.
These are the general recommendations but if I know your history I can advice. ...Read more
Pacer: A heart attack usually doesn't affect an electronic pacemaker. The device will help prevent the heart from slowing excessively and usually won't be affected by rapid heart action. If a cardiac arrest occurs and defibrillation is necessary, the electric shock could possibly affect the pacer circuitry. ...Read more
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
Sometimes can't: Some factors that we know include coronary artery disease, viruses, genetic disorder, pregnancy, alcohol, endocrine abnormalities (thyroid in particular), and many others. To prevent decompensation of the chf, the biggest factor is salt. Salt causes fluid retention, which the weakened or stiff heart muscle can not work with. Diuretics, blood pressure control, habitual exercise, healthy wt. Help. ...Read more
What are some preventative test you can take to prevent congestive heart failure? What are the signs? What is congestive heart failure and how is it caused, and what is the result of the body after congestive heart failure?
a semster's worth:
That is a semester's worth of questions. The American Heart Association is a good place to start :
http://www. Hearthub. Org/hc-heart-failure. Htm ...Read more
Are there any natural supplements that can prevent my child from getting congestive heart failure?
Is it safe to be taking aspirin to prevent heart attack? Patient has pacemaker. Is there any side effects like gastrointestinal disorder? Thank you
Could a pacemaker keep an individuals heart beating after a cardiac arrest. If the answer to the above question is yes, then how long would it continue to assist the heart in beating and would it help to prevent brain damage until medical help arrives.
Does humeera injections are effective for hidradentitis suppurative patients! Can a patient w/cclass 2 heart failure use this medication!
It is not: Effective for hideadenitis suppurativa. Usually it is controlled by antibiotics ...Read more
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
Physical exam: Fluid accumulates during congestive heart failure. When the right side of the heart fails, fluid accumulates in the legs and abdomen. When the left side of the heart fails, fluid accumulates in the lungs and makes the patient short of breath. Not infrequently, both sides of the heart fail at the same time. ...Read more
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
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
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