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I have congestive heart failure with a 30% ejection fraction, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, and left bundle branch block is it safe for me to fly?

I have congestive heart failure with a 30% ejection fraction, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, and left bundle branch block is it safe for me to fly?

Depends: It depends on your overall health. Do you have an icd, are you on daily oxygen, daily medications, can you sit for exended lengths of time, how long is the flight? Commercial airlines have cabin pressures set to about 7000ft. So if you can tolerate that altitude (denver is about 5600ft), air travel may be ok. Discuss with your doctor. Tsa will need to know if you have an icd. ...Read more

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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I have congestive heart failure and the diuretic I take is no longer working. What other options are the to avoid water rent emotion?

I have congestive heart failure and the diuretic I take is no longer working. What other options are the to avoid water rent emotion?

Change diuretic?: You should ask your physician, if you are on hydrochlorthiazide (h) if you should go to a loop diuretic, forsemide (f). Patients with chronic kidney disease do not respond to h but do respond to f. If that does not work, ask to have an echocardiogram to see if you have pulmonary artery hypertension (p) and what your ejection fraction is. If you have p, there is medicine for that to lessen edema. ...Read more

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How much water intake should I have if I have congestive heart failure?

How much water intake should I have if I have congestive heart failure?

Heart failure: Please work with your cardiologist and / or your primary care doctor regarding changes with your diet. It is important to limit the amount of water as well as salt intake with your disease.
Best of luck with your future plans... ...Read more

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How does water effect congestive heart failure?

How does water effect congestive heart failure?

It should be limited: Free water restriction in the latter stages of heart failure is a method to prevent development or the worsening of hyponatremia (low sodium levels). It is of limited value admittedly. Overall, if one is dependent on diuretics, he/she should not drink "plenty of water". ...Read more

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If you have congestive heart failure....... Would that be seen in an echocardiogram at rest? If not, what tests or such can detect then.

If you have congestive heart failure....... Would that be seen in an echocardiogram at rest? If not, what tests or such can detect then.

Congestive aheart fa: The diagnosis of congestive heart failure is mstly clinical with edema, shortness of breath, engorged neck veins, liver enlargement and rales in lungs on auscultation. Xray chest, bnp test on blood elevated is done some times and resting echocardiogram is helpful in defining the ejection fraction and other imaging. So resting echo will be helpful along with all others. ...Read more

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Is it dangerous to stop taking a diuretic if you have congestive heart failure and high blood pressure and edema in legs?

Is it dangerous to stop taking a diuretic if you have congestive heart failure and high blood pressure and edema in legs?

Stop diuretic?: Why would one want to stop a diuretic with edema? The person in question should discuss the idea of stopping diuretics with the physician who ordered them and have the physician explain to that person why that is not a good idea. Apart from the fact that the edema will not resolve off diuretics, the person's BP will likely worsen off diuretic therapy. ...Read more

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Can a child have congestive heart failure and then have a heart attack?

Can a child have congestive heart failure and then have a heart attack?

CHF: If you mean MI with heart attack it is a rare combination but if you mean sudden arrhythmias leading to sudden death with congestive heart failure, it is more common than MI. ...Read more

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I have congestive heart failure and fluid build up and just started coughing up blood and phlem?

I have congestive heart failure and fluid build up and just started coughing up blood and phlem?

Go to ER: Congestive heart failure, atrial fibrillation, and now feel like fluid build up with coughing up blood-- suggests exacerbation of CHF and possible added pneumonia. Coughing up blood is related to all above and added effect of blood thinner that you are probably taking. Need to be seen urgently for direct care. ...Read more

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I have congestive heart failure with an ejection fraction of 20% and 8 weeks pregnant is it a possibility that I can go through this pregnancy and be ok?

I have congestive heart failure with an ejection fraction of 20% and 8 weeks pregnant is it a possibility that I can go through this pregnancy and be ok?

CHF pregnancy: Pregnancy very risky. If heart failure has been stable there is a chance of success but since it's not safe for baby for mom to take the proper meds the heart can get worse. ...Read more

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I have congestive heart failure with a 30% ejection fraction, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, and left bundle branch block is it safe for me to fly?

Depends: It depends on your overall health. Do you have an icd, are you on daily oxygen, daily medications, can you sit for exended lengths of time, how long is the flight? Commercial airlines have cabin pressures set to about 7000ft. So if you can tolerate that altitude (denver is about 5600ft), air travel may be ok. Discuss with your doctor. Tsa will need to know if you have an icd. ...Read more

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I have congestive heart failure and currently do humatrope (human growth hormone) injections. I began about 1 1/2 years ago and have felt more fatigue and weakness since.?

I have congestive heart failure and currently do humatrope (human growth hormone) injections.  I began about 1 1/2 years ago and have felt more fatigue and weakness since.?

Check thyroid.: Both weakness and fatigue are symptoms, not diseases. Because these symptoms can be caused by many other health problems, the importance of weakness and fatigue can only be determined when other symptoms are evaluated. HGH can cause transient fluid retention thus should be avoided in patients with decompensated congestive heart failure. Otherwise, there doesn't seem to be a problem with the heart. ...Read more

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Need help. Is 22 too young to have heart disease/congestive heart failure?

Need help. Is 22 too young to have heart disease/congestive heart failure?

It can happen: Unfortunately, sometimes young people also get affected by heart failure. Most often it relates to a viral infection that infects the heart muscle, called "myocarditis". This can lead to substantial heart failure in young patients, and is treated similarly to older patients with hf. However, sometimes the disease can get so bad that heart transplant needs to be considered. ...Read more

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Would an EKG show congestive heart failure?

Would an EKG show congestive heart failure?

It can: Low voltage in an EKG suggest cardiomyopathy. Which goes by the hand with Heart Failure.
— In addition Electrical Alternans in the EKG is also suggestive of heart failure ...Read more

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Can an EKG detect congestive heart failure?

Can an EKG detect congestive heart failure?

It can give clues: Heart failure is a complicated diagnosis to make and is usually based on history and physical exam findings. An ekg may give clues that point towards a diagnosis of heart failure but can not fully diagnose it. You may be confusing the term heart failure with heart disease. Ask you doctor about further specifics. ...Read more

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What risks are associated with getting pregnant with moderate congestive heart failure?

What risks are associated with getting pregnant with moderate congestive heart failure?

High: Then normal physiologic changes that occur during pregnancy to prepare you for the delivery of your baby can worse your CHF symptoms and you and your baby could be at risk. Consult your OB for specifics. ...Read more

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Can it be that a family history of heart disease put me at risk of congestive heart failure at age 18?

Probably not: My advice to you is that during your early age you decrease all controllable risk factors possible. Keep healthy weight, do not smoke, control chol, bp, exercise, do not drink, control stress. ...Read more

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What causes my to smell dirt all the time?. I have had a heart attack and congestive heart failure. Just wanted to know if it was related or not.

What causes my to smell dirt all the time?. I have had a heart attack and congestive heart failure. Just wanted to know if it was related or not.

Coincidental: May be the side effect of some medications.
Hope you are doing better with your heart conditions. Please take medicines, regular exercise as prescribed by Cardiologist, restrict salt to prevent excerbation of CHF,Maintain weight as close to ideal body weight and control the cholesterol ...Read more

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My 33 yr old son had a heart attack 10-15. He now has dx of chronic combined systolic and diastolic congestive heart failure. Ef of 40. How serious?

My 33 yr old son had a heart attack 10-15. He now has dx of chronic combined systolic and diastolic congestive heart failure. Ef of 40. How serious?

Heart failure: Heart failure caused by a prior myocardial infarction (heart attack) is a very serious problem. Fortunately there are well-defined treatments including medications and procedures. Patients with this condition should be under the care of a cardiologist. It may also help to get a second opinion here on HealthTap to review treatment options. ...Read more

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What cough medicine is best for patients that have CHF congestive heart failure?

What cough medicine is best for patients that have CHF congestive heart failure?

No perfect answer: Probably best to avoid combination medicines which contain pseudoephedrine, which many do. This speeds up your heart. Diphenhydramine (benedryl) can dry up secretions. However, it is important to understand that the cough may be due to the chf. Also, medications commonly used to treat CHF (ace inhibitors — often end with . Pril) can sometimes cause a chronic dry cough. Talk to your md. ...Read more

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Is it recommended for people who suffer from congestive heart failure to take special precautions with their dental care?

Is it recommended for people who suffer from congestive heart failure to take special precautions with their dental care?

CHF: Congestive heart failure patients usually have structural abnormalities of the heart muscle and can have rhythm abnormalities so yes. Dental care both in the office and at home is important. A dentist some office procedures and drugs could be problematic. Poor dental hygiene at home could result in infections which could cause valve problems. So dental care is important. ...Read more

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My husband has COPD and congestive heart failure. He is 86 and very weak. Docs said this is bad. What is there to help him?

My husband has COPD and congestive heart failure. He is 86 and very weak. Docs said this is bad. What is there to help him?

Consultants: He should be evaluated by both a cadiologist and a pulmonolgist, preferably in a hospital setting. ...Read more

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Which disease is more manageable, coronary heart disease or congestive heart failure?

Serious and manageab: Congestive heart failure is often one of the compications of CAD. Both are serious conditions that can be managed with proper medications, diet, exercise and always addressing the root cause of the problem. ...Read more

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