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How effective is a pacemaker in preventing heart failure?

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

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Dr. Daniel Lebowitz
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Pacemaker (Definition)

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


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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?

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?

Yes: We all die from something. The ppm/aicd work to regulate rhythm and rate. CHF is more a disorder of inadequate "squeeze" by the muscle. "clogged" arteries can lead to heart attack / infarction, which is another problem altogther. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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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

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

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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.

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.

Hernia Surgery: that is not entirely true. That is a fairly low risk surgery usually done as an outpatient. I would consult with a surgeon to discuss his options and see his cardiologist for surgical clearance. Hope that helps ...Read more

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What if you have congestive heart failure and a pacemaker?

What if you have congestive heart failure and a pacemaker?

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

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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 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?

Hard to say: You need to discuss this with a cardiologist experienced with pregnancy issues as well as a high risk obstetrician. Your answer is likely to be highly individualized. ...Read more

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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?

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

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Can heart failure be prevented?

Can heart failure be prevented?

Absolutely: The most common causes of heart failure include coronary artery disease and hypertension. Effective treatment of these two entities can reduce subsequent heart failure. ...Read more

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Is there a way to treat heart arrhythmias and prevent heart failure?

Is there a way to treat heart arrhythmias and prevent heart failure?

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

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How do I prevent me from passing away from heart failure like the rest of my old family members?

How do I prevent me from passing away from heart failure like the rest of my old family members?

Prevention of CHF: I dont 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

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What can I do to prevent me from passing away from heart failure like the rest of my family has?

Control risk factors: Control, bp, cholesterol and your weight. Do not be afraid of using meds, especially statins to achieve this goal. Do not smoke. Exercise regularly. Consider taking asa 81 mg daily, every day. ...Read more

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If the pacemaker can not prevent the heart attack, what happens to it during the heart attack?

If the pacemaker can not prevent the heart attack, what happens to it during the heart attack?

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

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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 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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What can you do to prevent congestive heart failure?

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

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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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Right v left-sided heart failure?

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

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


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