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How long do people usually live after they get congestive heart failure?

How long do people usually live after they get congestive heart failure?

Depends: It depends on the cause of the congestive heart failure, e.g. Due to a heart attack, diastolic dysfunction, stenotic aortic valve, virus and others. Life expectancy can vary from months to many years. ...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 does someone get congestive heart failure?

How does someone get congestive heart failure?

Weak heart muscle: A weakening of the heart muscle from coronary artery disease, too much alcohol or a viral infection weakens the heart muscle leading to chf. Find the cause first, then the treatment follows. See a good cardiologist, plenty of good ones in palo alto. ...Read more

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Living with Congestive Heart Failure (Checklist)

Weigh yourself daily. Alert doctor to any increases.
Daily
Take medications as prescribed
Once
Tell the doctor if your legs swell or you get short of breath
Once
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Could you randomly get congestive heart failure?

Could you randomly get congestive heart failure?

Yes: often "CHF" is due to a specific cause. sometimes it is genetic or viral and can arise without an obvious reason or precipitating event. ...Read more

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Can children get congestive heart failure if they are obese?

Can children get congestive heart failure if they are obese?

Unless..: Generally no, unless they are grossly or morbidly obese with complications such as high blood pressure, severe sleep apnea, etc. ...Read more

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Living with Congestive Heart Failure (Checklist)

Weigh yourself
Weekly
Limit your salt intake
Once
Call your doctor if you gain more than 5 pounds
Once
Take your medications as prescribed
Once
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How long after congestive heart failure to live?

How long after congestive heart failure to live?

Highly variable: The more severe the more poor the prognosis but can also be reversible with medication significantly improving prognosis. ...Read more

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Do I need to report congestive heart failure as a long-term health condition, or does it go away after being treated?

Do I need to report congestive heart failure as a long-term health condition, or does it go away after being treated?

Possible: CHF can resolve if the underlying abnormality causing the CHF can be fixed. CHF can be the result of heart muscle dysfunction, valve dysfunction, pericardial dysfunction, or even a kidney abnormality. If the underlying abnormality can be repaired, such as valve replacement or recovery of kidney function, CHF may resolve. ...Read more

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Living with Congestive Heart Failure (Checklist)

Keep doctor visits
Once
Take medications
Daily
Maintain low-salt, low-water intake
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Exercise under physician guidance
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Can a person live long with congestive heart failure?

Can a person live long with congestive heart failure?

Yes: There are all degrees of CHF from very mild to severe. Also we have a number of treatments ranging from medicines to heart transplant. It is quite variable and somewhat unpredictable how long someone can live with heart failure. In some cases, even severe heart failure can miraculously improve. ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Werner
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Congestive Heart Failure (Definition)

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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Cardiac (Definition)

Cardiac is also known as Heart. Cardiac translates literally to "heart, " and any place the term is seen, such ...Read more

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