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How Long Can A Child Live With Dilated Cardiomyopathy With Medicines
Dilated means that the heart is enlarged, & cardiomyopathy means sick heart muscle. There are many reasons for the heart muscle to get weak/dilated including genetic disorders, certain inflammatory conditions, & toxins including alcohol. Many cases are idiopathic, meaning the cause is unknown. Reversal of cardiomyopathy is sometimes possible with treatment, & new ...Read more
How long can a person with CHF stage 2 live? Can they live a normal active life with medication and care?
It can vary: Many patients with heart failure can live quite a long and normal life because of the many great medicines we have now. All patients with heart failure should be on an ace inhibitor and a beta blocker (i prefer Coreg or toprol). There are other diurectics that can help such as aldactone (spironolactone). After medications, there may be a need for a bi ventricular pacemaker or a implantable defribillator. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
2-3 years: Based on the experiences in 1980's.Get a more detailed answer ›
Options: If this is from alcohol, if you quit you may have a normal life ahead of you as the scarring can partially reverse. If this is a hepatitis that can be managed, or hemochromatosis or wilson's that can be treated, or if a transplant is available, you may be in excellent shape. Untreatable cirrhosis usually kills within 5 years but these things are never certain. Embrace each day. ...Read more
Normal life : Assuming there is no severe valvular abnormality then you would expect normal life expectancy with proper care and secondary antibiotic prophylaxis. If there is severe valve involvement in the form of leakage and or stenosis (obstruction) then depends on that lesion. Your doctor would be more informed to give a more precise answer. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What's the cause?: And how bad is the failure? If it's the result of acetaminopen poisoning or acute hepatitis b or an 'herbal remedy' that was actually poison (this is fairly common), the person can recover completely if treated. In early cirrhosis, if the cause can be found, the scarring can partly reverse. ...Read more
Depends: Depends on what caused the lung nodule. Even among cancers, there are different types with different prognosis. If it is lung cancer and you don't treat it, generally you will die from it but your life expectancy may vary greatly depending on the type and spread - from months to 5+ years. If it has not spread and you take it out, you have a good chance of being cured. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Long healthy life: Both diagnoses are not life threatening. Hypotonia is common and easily managed. Epilepsy is common and easily managed in most cases. The major issue is cause and the risks of feeding and breathing problems. In some cases the cause may be a terrible disease that may lead to death. However, for most cases the cause is unclear or a static disorder that needs appropriate long term management. ...Read more
No: Only god knows the answer to that question. There are several factors, however, that suggest that an individual may be at increased risk for serious complications. These should be discussed with a cardiologist. There are procedures that can be performed to help improve the aortic valve function. ...Read more
Depends...: This depends on many factors including the reason for the pulmonary edema to be present and if the etiolgy is treatable. Other factors include the rate at which the edema formed and how extensive the edema is in the lungs. There are so many factors that the answer needs to be given on a case-by-case basis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: Depends on ejection fraction and other medical comorbidities. Make sure your doctors are prescribing you evidence-based medications. If your heart is weak enough and you've been on those medications for an adequate period of time, you could meet criteria for an AICD or shock-box for prevention of sudden cardiac death. Weigh yourself. Take medications as indicated. Risk reduce as directed. ...Read more
How long can a patient with cirrhosis of the liver with symptoms managed by medications survive after a TIPS procedure?
Maybe good news: The procedure can greatly improve the quality of one's life at the possible expense of making hepatic encephalopathy a bit worse. If a cause of cirrhosis can be found and removed, the condition can reverse partially. I don't know the cause, but with the new cure for hepatitis C, and the possibility that anyone may suddenly sober up, don't give up hope. Best wishes. ...Read more
Indefinitely: The pacemaker is a very reliable way to maintain a normal heart rate. The device and the wires that connect it to the heart do require replacement infrequently. With appropriate follow up these procedures are electively planned and do not entail a high risk. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A long time: Although it depends a little on how severe the COPD is, for the most part, you can live a very long time with copd. I have patients with COPD getting treatment who live a very long time, and they have good, healthy, happy lives. If you get diagnosed with copd, see a doctor and get treated. You can really have a productive life despite the disease. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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