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How Fatal Is Congestive Heart Failure
Minimal to Rapidly: Like most issues, varies widely. CHF typically progresses slowly over yrs to decades & not recognized until symptoms are severe enough that people finally seek help (way down the road) due to shortness of breath (lung edema), leg edema, increasing fatigue, etc. Alternatively, if detected early, before symptomatic, & txed aggressively, lipoproteins, HbA1c, BP, ACEI+Coreg, can significantly reverse. ...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
Ultimately: If not effectively treated. On the bright side there are very effective treatments available that can lead to a relatively normal lifestyle. Discuss with your cardiologist. ...Read more
Shortness of breath: Shortness of breath, initially with exercise, and in more severe cases even at rest. This may be worse when lying flat and may cause awakening with shortness of breath. Frequent nighttime awakening to pass urine may occur. Swelling of the ankles may develop, engorgement of veins in the neck may be seen. While life expectancy is shortened, with treatment, there can be a number of good years. ...Read more
It can happen: Unfortunately, sometimes young people also get affected by heart failure. Most often it relates to a viral infection that infects the heart muscle, called "myocarditis". This can lead to substantial heart failure in young patients, and is treated similarly to older patients with hf. However, sometimes the disease can get so bad that heart transplant needs to be considered. ...Read more
It can give clues: Heart failure is a complicated diagnosis to make and is usually based on history and physical exam findings. An ekg may give clues that point towards a diagnosis of heart failure but can not fully diagnose it. You may be confusing the term heart failure with heart disease. Ask you doctor about further specifics. ...Read more
Yes: This can be related to periodontal disease. ...Read more
I have congestive heart failure and the diuretic I take is no longer working. What other options are the to avoid water rent emotion?
Change diuretic?: You should ask your physician, if you are on hydrochlorthiazide (h) if you should go to a loop diuretic, forsemide (f). Patients with chronic kidney disease do not respond to h but do respond to f. If that does not work, ask to have an echocardiogram to see if you have pulmonary artery hypertension (p) and what your ejection fraction is. If you have p, there is medicine for that to lessen edema. ...Read more
What causes my to smell dirt all the time? . I have had a heart attack and congestive heart failure. Just wanted to know if it was related or not.
May be the side effect of some medications.
Hope you are doing better with your heart conditions. Please take medicines, regular exercise as prescribed by Cardiologist, restrict salt to prevent excerbation of CHF, Maintain weight as close to ideal body weight and control the cholesterol ...Read more
My 33 yr old son had a heart attack 10-15. He now has dx of chronic combined systolic and diastolic congestive heart failure. Ef of 40. How serious?
Heart failure: Heart failure caused by a prior myocardial infarction (heart attack) is a very serious problem. Fortunately there are well-defined treatments including medications and procedures. Patients with this condition should be under the care of a cardiologist. It may also help to get a second opinion here on HealthTap to review treatment options. ...Read more
No perfect answer: Probably best to avoid combination medicines which contain pseudoephedrine, which many do. This speeds up your heart. Diphenhydramine (benedryl) can dry up secretions. However, it is important to understand that the cough may be due to the chf. Also medications commonly used to treat CHF (ace inhibitors - often end with. Pril) can sometimes cause a chronic dry cough. Talk to your md. ...Read more
Is it recommended for people who suffer from congestive heart failure to take special precautions with their dental care?
CHF: Congestive heart failure patients usually have structural abnormalities of the heart muscle and can have rhythm abnormalities so yes. Dental care both in the office and at home is important. A the dentist some office procedures and drugs could be problematic. Poor dental hygiene at home could result in infections which could cause valve problems. So dental care is important. ...Read more
My husband has COPD and congestive heart failure. He is 86 and very weak. Docs said this is bad. What is there to help him?
Consultants: He should be evaluated by both a cadiologist and a pulmonolgist, preferably in a hospital setting. ...Read more
If you have congestive heart failure.......Would that be seen in an echocardiogram at rest? If not, what tests or such can detect then.
Congestive aheart fa: The diagnosis of congestive heart failure is mstly clinical with edema, shortness of breath, engorged neck veins, liver enlargement and rales in lungs on auscultation. Xray chest, bnp test on blood elevated is done some times and resting echocardiogram is helpful in defining the ejection fraction and other imaging.So resting echo will be helpful along with all others. ...Read more
I had a heart attack and congestive heart failure and ever since then I stay cold all the time. Feels like deep inside to the bone. Any reason?
Boyfriend is in congestive heart failure, heart functioning at 5%, pumping fluid off organs now, too weak to survive heart attack/stroke. Prognosis?
79. dementia. Congestive heart failure. Extreme agitation. Fell. Now at care home giving Lirazipam and Tramodol is this ok? She is having jerking...
Please repost: It looks like your post cut off before it was complete. Also please clarify: Is WHAT okay? ...Read more
I have congestive heart failure my doctor says I hav one and three fourths arteries blocked and put me on medication and won't do anything else what would you recomend?
Go to ER: Congestive heart failure, atrial fibrillation, and now feel like fluid build up with coughing up blood-- suggests exacerbation of CHF and possible added pneumonia. Coughing up blood is related to all above and added effect of blood thinner that you are probably taking. Need to be seen urgently for direct care. ...Read more
My mom is 72 years old she has diabetes congestive heart failure her EKG came back with fluid and heart enlarged. How should we proceed?
I have congestive heart failure with an ejection fraction of 20% and 8 weeks pregnant is it a possibility that I can go through this pregnancy and be ok?
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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