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Dr. Spyros Smith
Board Certified, Hospital-based practice
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How long do people usually live after they get congestive heart failure?

Dr. Spyros Smith
Board Certified, Hospital-based practice
19 years in practice
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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. Vicken Poochikian
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Congestive Heart Failure (Definition)

Congestive heart failure is a condition where the heart weakens and is not able to pump blood as effectively. The onset of this condition is ...Read more


Dr. Michael Moran
Board Certified, Cardiology
28 years in practice
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How does someone get congestive heart failure?

Dr. Michael Moran
Board Certified, Cardiology
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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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Dr. Vicken Poochikian
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Dr. Robert Henson
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Could you randomly get congestive heart failure?

Dr. Robert Henson
Board Certified, Cardiology
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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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Dr. Mark Diamond
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Can children get congestive heart failure if they are obese?

Dr. Mark Diamond
Board Certified, Pediatrics
41 years in practice
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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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Dr. Vicken Poochikian
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Dr. Rick Koch
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How long after congestive heart failure to live?

Dr. Rick Koch
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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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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
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Normally, how long would the average person live after congestive heart failure?

Dr. Calvin Weisberger
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Normally, how long would the average person live after congestive heart failure?

CHF: Used to be 50% 3 year survival but with modern therapy its lots better, maybe 75% 3 year survival. ...Read more

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Dr. Francis Uricchio
Board Certified, Cardiology
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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?

Dr. Francis Uricchio
Board Certified, Cardiology
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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?

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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Dr. Alon Gitig
Board Certified, Cardiology
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How long could someone live with mild congestive heart failure (chf)?

Dr. Alon Gitig
Board Certified, Cardiology
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How long could someone live with mild congestive heart failure (chf)?

Indefinitely?...: Mild congestive heart failure, if aggressively managed with appropriate medications and lifestyle changes, can sometimes remain mild for many years, even for the duration of a person's life. Rarely, the heart contractility even improves with medications, or with avoidance of further insults to the heart. ...Read more

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Dr. Louis Grenzer
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Can a person live long with congestive heart failure?

Dr. Louis Grenzer
Board Certified, Cardiology
50 years in practice
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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. Calvin Weisberger
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How long can you live with congestive heart failure?

Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Board Certified, Cardiology
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How long can you live with congestive heart failure?

CHF: CHF treated well could be consistent with a long life if it stays stable. It needs the patient and medical staff to work together. The cause of the CHF as well as the treatment and the other status of the patient come into the equation also. ...Read more

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