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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
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
Just discovered I have grade 3 diastolic congestive heart failure.EF is normal How serious is that and is it progressive?
Same for all CHF: Peripartum cardiomyopathy occurs rarely, but can be very dangerous, even fatal. Treatment is the same as other forms of dilated cardiomyopathy, namely beta blockers, ace inhibitors and diuretics. In most cases, heart function returns to normal within 6 months. Unfortunately, if you have it with one pregnancy, you have better than a 50% chance of having it with subsequent pregnancies! ...Read more
Congestive heart failure - appeared to have died my dad died in front of me, my mom and boyfriend nov. 6th, 2011. We lost him of congestive heart failure with no warning. He was coughing, throwing up and then got dizzy and sat down. He fell off of what he
Heart attack: What you described is acute pulmonary edema and cardiogenic shock. This is caused by a massive acute heart attack where the heart suddenly stop pumping , fluid rapidly accumulates in the lungs and blood pressure falls as cardiac output drops. This is the most dreaded complication of a heart attack and unfortunately it is frequently fatal. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
NYHA: Heart failure is staged according to the new york heart association classification. In the system, class i is no symptoms. Class ii is symptoms with a high level of physical activity. Class iii his symptoms with a low level of activity. Class IV is symptoms at rest. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
My sister says she has congestive heart failure. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?
Basically, it is a condition in which your heart becomes an inefficient pump. As a result, fluid backs up into your lungs and also your lower extremities. There are numerous causes for this but ischemic heart disease is the most common cause. This can be diagnosed by laboratory test, chest xray, as well as an echo or ...Read more
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