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How severe is congestive heart failure?

How severe is congestive heart failure?

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 more

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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


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How fatal is congestive heart failure?

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 more

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How deadly is congestive heart failure?

How deadly is congestive heart failure?

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 more

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How deadly is acute heart failure?

How deadly is acute heart failure?

Could be very: Could lead to death if not treated but the problem is that acute heart failure, if recurrent, leads to to chronic heart failure which has a mortality of 50% at five years (if untreated). ...Read more

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Is congestive heart failure reversible? If so, how

Is congestive heart failure reversible? If so, how

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

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What is congestive heart failure?

What is congestive heart failure?

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 more

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What is used to treat congestive heart failure?

What is used to treat congestive heart failure?

Variety of things: Congestive heart failure is treated by altering the environment in which the heart works and altering the function of the heart itself. Changing the environment can include lowering blood pressure, removing fluid from the body, or fixing a hyperactive thyroid. Fixing the heart itself can include controlling an arrhythmia, fixing a valve, or opening up a coronary artery. ...Read more

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How common is heart failure with sepsis?

How common is heart failure with sepsis?

More than desired: Multiststem organ failure is a problem with severe sepsis. Usually not just the heart is affected. Sepsis occurs when bacteria enter the blood stream and circulate throughout the body. ...Read more

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What is diastolic heart failure, and how is it different from congestive heart failure?

What is diastolic heart failure, and how is it different from congestive heart failure?

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 more

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How are congestive heart failure and chronic heart failure different?

How are congestive heart failure and chronic heart failure different?

Volume status: Congestive identifies somebodey with volume overload. Heart failure may be present without having overt "congestion" currently. ...Read more

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What is congestive heart failure treatment for elderly?

What is congestive heart failure treatment for elderly?

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 more

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What is congestive heart failure? Symptoms .

What is congestive heart failure?  Symptoms .

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 more

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Can you cure congestive heart failure?

Can you cure congestive heart failure?

Control: We have medications to treat the symptoms of heart failure. But most of the time we are not actually curing it but controlling it. There are occasional types of heart failure that actually go away and in that case, i guess the word cure would be appropriate. Similarly, if you have high blood pressure, medicine can control it but in most cases, you have to keep taking the medications. ...Read more

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How can a congenital heart disease cause congestive heart failure?

How can a congenital heart disease cause congestive heart failure?

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

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How can cardiovascular disease and congestive heart failure be different?

How can cardiovascular disease and congestive heart failure be different?

CVD CHF: Cvd is a general term to describe a spectrum of condition when arteries cannot provide enough oxygen to tissue (brain, heart, kidney, liver, all your organs), this can make you prone to strokes, heart attack, leg amputation, kidney failure, emboli, blood clots, heart failure (heart's inability to pump blood efficiently to body, so you feel weak, tire, short of breath). ...Read more

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How can I manage congestive heart failure?

How can I manage congestive heart failure?

Less water and salt: Daily weight to make sure that the salt and water retention is not getting worse. The main treatment is using water pills to take the water load off your heart. However, the most important step is salt restriction 2000 milligram per day and fluid intake restriction less than 50 ounces per day (6 of the 8 ounce cups including the moisture in the food). ...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 is done for congestive heart failure?

What is done for  congestive heart failure?

>>Tx the Causes<<: Since the primary cause is atherosclerosis >> coronary artery disease (even if lumens look ok on angiography) >> reduced blood flow & heart muscle damage, aggressively treat the factors driving atherosclerosis [lipoproteins (not cholesterol) blood sugar, bp, etc. To abnormally healthy levels], remove excess body water, keep BP low nl, treat with acei (aceon (perindopril) 1 of best) & carvedilol, exercise, etc. ...Read more

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How does hypertension and congestive heart failure correlate?

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 more

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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