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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, BbA1c, BP, ACEI+coreg, can significantly reverse. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Unfortunately, very.: Congestive heart failure is related to the leading cause of death in adults in the us. The symptoms vary, but in its severe form, CHF lead to significant impairment in daily life/activities, organ failure, and death. Please seek appropriate treatment if you have any symptoms of chf. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No Symptoms to Fatal: Like most issues, varies very widely. CHF typically progresses slowly over years to decades & is not recognized until symptoms become severe enough that people finally seek help (way down the road) due to shortness of breath (lung edema), leg edema, increasing fatigue, etc. Alternatively, it can be detected early, before symptomatic, in several ways; good quality echocardiography probably best. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Weakened heart: A normal heart will eject (ef) about 60% of blood from main chamber (left ventricle) out aorta and feeds entire body with oxygenated blood. When this muscle chamber, size of fist, develops weakness of some of it's walls (heart attack, eg) or is constricted (pericarditis) etc, then it starts failing, ef decreases, backup pressure develops, fluid builds up in lungs or legs and CHF has occurred. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Sometimes inherited: Certain causes of congestive heart failure are inherited (example genetic enzyme deficiencies leading to dilated cardiomyopathy or hypertension which can may directly or indirectly lead to chf). CHF has multiple other causes including acquired injuries to the heart (like in coronary disease) wherein genetics play a role as one of the risks. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hrt StiffnessWeaknes: With increased stiffness &/or weakness of heart pumping (muscle &/or valve problems), brain reflexes ? thirst/water intake & ? water output from kidneys; thus body water increases driving congestion (edema). If heart function not too sick, the ? water/blood volume improves pump function; but no limit to the reflex & the increased water (edema) can fill the lungs (can't breath) & legs/body swells. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It depends: The outcome of heart failure depends on the cause, the treatment, and probably on the genetics of the patient. There are causes of CHF that are completely reversible, if the cause can be identified and treated. Also, proper medical management of the heart failure can promote reverse remodeling of the heart muscle and greatly improve the long-term outcomes. Find a heart failure cardiologist. ...Read more
Flow demands: The fetal heart is required to do about half the work of living outside. Blood from the body is pumped through the heart back to the body & placenta without going through the lungs. Mom also does the work of providing nutrients, removing waste & keeping temperature stable. After birth, the heart must pump thru the lungs & do more work. The additional load can lead the heart to fail. ...Read more
Heart failure: Both are interchangeable terms.Get a more detailed answer ›
Related: The heart has to squeeze effectively, but also has to be able to relax inbetween squeezing to allow adequate filling. If it can't relax that is considered diastolic heart failure. Congestive heart failure can be either systolic (the squeezing action) or diastolic (the relaxing function). Impairment of either one or both can lead to congestive heart failure. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
No.: No. If a person with CHF were having hallucinations, I'd suspect a medication side effect. People with CHF take a lot of pills. ...Read more
Breathing trouble.: CHF by itself can be fatal by causing the lungs to fill with fluid in spaces that are normally occupied by air. Exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide is impaired and vital organs are not properly supplied with oxygen, and they start to fail. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
One canlead to other: Hypertension can cause changes in the heart like overgrowth of the heart muscle or weakening of the muscle through plaque build up in the arteries that feed the heart or degradation of the heart valves. These changes can then cause the pump to fail, and when it doesn't pump well, fluid tends to build up in places like the lungs and we call that congestive heart failure. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Salt monitoring: Treatment consists of a good dietary regimen with monitoring of salt intake about 2000 mg salt per day. Second aspect pf therapy is pharmacologic therapy which will be individualised based on the type of heart faiure and other factors that your cardiologist will decide. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Only at the moment: It may cause cardiovascular collapse when the anaphylaxis is severe. This is more from reduction of plasma volume in the vascular bed than actual cardiac failure- but the result would be the same since the heart will not be able to provide enough blood supply to the body. CHF is from the heart's inability to pump enough blood through your vascular system despite adequate or even high plasma volume. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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