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Doctor insights on: Ketogenic Diet And Heart Failure

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Is there any linkage between ketogenic diets and heart rhythm issues like PVCs or PACs?

Is there any linkage between ketogenic diets and heart rhythm issues like PVCs or PACs?

In some cases, yes: Aaron,
There are some very small studies that suggest that ketogenic diets may increase the risk of arrhythmia in children with epilepsy by increasing the QT interval on the ECG.
There are no large studies of good quality that I am aware of that definitively show similar risks for PVC's or PAC's in otherwise healthy people. ...Read more

Dr. Arthur Heller
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Diet (Definition)

Refers to all the physical matter humans (like all living creatures) must take in on a recurring basis; only partially for energy. Like all life on planet humans are open systems which keep tearing down their structure & require intake of atoms/molecules from which to rebuild their structure. Intestinal lining cells replaced ~every 3 days. CaPO4 in bones ~every 6 years, ...Read more


Dr. Irv Loh Dr. Loh
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Could diet pills cause heart failure?

Dr. Irv Loh Dr. Loh
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Could diet pills cause heart failure?

Possibly: During the phenertermine scare several years ago, certain valvular disorders as well as pulmonary artery hypertension were associated with its use in weight loss regimens. Heart failure was a possible result. Some older diet pills are variants of amphetamines, which is a "sympathomimetic". Chronic use of such agents can lead to cardiomyopathy that may result in heart failure. New agents better? ...Read more

Dr. Irv Loh Dr. Loh
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If I used diet pills like all the gals in the 70s, am I at risk for heart failure later in life? Should I be tested?

Dr. Irv Loh Dr. Loh
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If I used diet pills like all the gals in the 70s, am I at risk for heart failure later in life? Should I be tested?

Depends: Depends on agent and duration of exposure. Talk to your doctor. He may recommend a simple echocardiogram (done in a competent lab) to assuage your concerns. ...Read more

Emily Lu Dr. Lu
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If I change my diet, would I be able to avoid heart failure?

Emily Lu Dr. Lu
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If I change my diet, would I be able to avoid heart failure?

Yes: Many studies have shown that individuals that consume fewer calories, more fruits and vegetables and less saturated fats tend to have lower risks for cardiovascular disease. Low-salt diets have also been recommended for people at risk for heart failure. Exercise, quitting smoking and limiting alcohol intake also helps reduce cardiovascular risk. ...Read more

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I'm having the hardest time losing weight. I have heart failure and I've literally tried everything diet, exercise for 3 years now, what should I do?

I'm having the hardest time losing weight. I have heart failure and I've literally tried everything diet, exercise for 3 years now, what should I do?

Heart failure: Sorry not enough information to advise you specifically. Best course is to discuss with your doctor (s)with all your information and ask their recommendations. ...Read more

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Husband has been diagnosed with stage four cirrhosis caused by heart failure. As his caregiver what can I do to prolong his health? Diet? Prognosis

Husband has been diagnosed with stage four cirrhosis caused by heart failure. As his caregiver what can I do to prolong his health? Diet? Prognosis

Get second opinion: Heart failure seldom causes advanced cirrhosis without a previous stormy course. Perhaps there has been confusion or a miscommunication. The prognosis depends on the cause of his heart failure & liver disease the combination of cirrhosis and heart failure makes me think of missed hemochromatosis -- if that's the diagnosis, he may be curable. ...Read more

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Heart failure diet to lose water retention?

Heart failure diet to lose water retention?

Low sodium: The most important thing--almost the only thing--is to restrict the sodium content of your diet. Sodium will cause fluid retention. ...Read more

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I took ephedra/asprin/caffeine diet pills for about 8 years. Could they have caused my heart failure?

I took ephedra/asprin/caffeine diet pills for about 8 years. Could they have caused my heart failure?

Possibly: Every cell in the body needs an adequate supply of energy, especially the heart since it beats 70-80 times a minute for life. You may have upset energy balance and would benefit from vitamin therapy. See my blog "oxygen the spark of life and look at some of the older posts. ...Read more

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I have extra genetic mutations for breast cancer & heart failure What's the likelihood that these genes will turn on & can I use diet to keep them off?

I have extra genetic mutations for breast cancer & heart failure What's the likelihood that these genes will turn on & can I use diet to keep them off?

Complex genetics: Recommendations on gene mutations are best given by a medical geneticist, who needs a detailed understanding of the exact test that you had done and the detailed results. Many gene mutations cause a loss of function so you don't necessarily want to turn off the mutated gene. Modern genetics is discovering many genetic markers that convey only small risk of disease, and may require no treatment. ...Read more

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Does BP 120/70 for 57+ yr female (on 'Olmezest 20') indicate any post cardiac issue (e.g. heart failure etc)?

Does BP 120/70 for 57+ yr female (on 'Olmezest 20') indicate any post cardiac issue (e.g. heart failure etc)?

Need the whole story: A blood pressure reading of 120/70 (especially if a one-time reading) has no special meaning by itself, because it happens in normal healthy people, in people with "mild" diseases, in people with "serious" diseases, in people with heart problems, and in people with no heart problems. The only way to tell is to get the whole picture of what is happening with a particular patient. ...Read more

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What drugs can cause heart failure?

Drugs and HF: There are several drugs used to treat specific types of cancer that are associated with the development of heart failure. The most common are doxorubicin, cyclophosphamide, and trastuzamab. This doesn't mean that they should not be used but that their use should be carefully monitored. Alcohol, cocaine, and amphetamines can also cause heart failure. ...Read more

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When do people not die from heart failure?

When do people not die from heart failure?

Many reasons: Most patients with heart failure can live a long life nowadays. It depends on how severe it is. Factors that determine how long you live are:1. How severe it is 2. What is the underlying cause 3. How good is your treatment 4. How compliant you are with the treatment 5. What other illnesses you have 6. How old you are
so find a good doctor and do what he advises and you should be around a while. ...Read more

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Is heart failure controlled with medication?

Is heart failure controlled with medication?

Yes: Heart healthy diet particularly low in salt and exercise training can help improve heart failure. However certain medications such as beta blockers, ace or arb and Aldactone (spironolactone) improve survival and should be taken if so advised by your cardiologist. ...Read more

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Could qt long syndrome lead to heart failure?

Could qt long syndrome lead to heart failure?

Long QT: No it doesn't but I can lead to arrhythmia (abnormal heart rhythm). ...Read more

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How do people think and feel with heart failure?

How do people think and feel with heart failure?

Fatigue/short breath: Due to decreased heart function and output, patients of CHF are fatigued and short of breath with slight exertion. Their thinking may be less sharp in these situations. However, at rest in patients with mild disease, they may feel and think just fine. Severe exacerbation may be associated with panic, feeling of drowning and impending doom. When worse they fade into loss of consciousness. ...Read more

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What is right side heart failure vs. Left sided?

Right heart failure: Right heart failure refers to weakness or stiffness involving the right ventricle or lower chamber as opposed to the left ventricle. This causes a unique constellation of symptoms including swelling in abdomen and legs, liver malfunction, weakness and shortness of breath. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of right sided heart failure?

Symptoms rt heart fa: Rt sided heart failure is due to long standing high blood pressure in pulmonary arteriesand right ventricle of the heart. Symptoms are shortness of breath and lightheadedness during activities, chest discomfort or pain, swelling of feet and ankles. Symptoms of underlying cause wheezing and cough and fainting spells with activities. ...Read more

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What people are at risk for systolic heart failure?

What people are at risk for systolic heart failure?

Common risk factors: Many of the risk factors for heart dz is also risk factor for systolic heart failure. Uncontrolled blood pressure, heavy drinkers, family history, previous heart attack. Post partum with history of systolic failure with previous deliveries. Severe valve disease like mitral regurgitation and aortic stenosis.. ...Read more

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How to tell if it's right or left sided heart failure?

How to tell if it's right or left sided heart failure?

Symptoms overlap: By symptoms alone sometimes its difficult. A thorough history and physical exam along with an echocardiogram usually goes along way to making the diagnosis. ...Read more

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What is the life duration of someone with heart failure?

Variable: It is too variable to predict; it could be days or years. ...Read more

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What can I do if I may have heart failure in the future?

What can I do if I may have heart failure in the future?

CHF: Should you get CHF in your future you need to get a good doctor and work with them to treat your conditon ...Read more

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What's the safest way to treat right-sided heart failure?

What's the safest way to treat right-sided heart failure?

Medication: Usually therapy is with medications li similar to left heart failure. Diuretics, beta blockers, ace inhibitors. If a specific cause can be identified that should be treated as well. That could coronary heart disease affecting the right ventricle or a lung process that may be causing the right ventricle to work eccessively. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of heart failure to watch for in kids?

What are the symptoms of heart failure to watch for in kids?

Unlikely unless: Your child has had surgery on his heart. He may sweat, breath fast, have an increased rapid heart rate, and his liver may become enlarged as well as showing decreased activity. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of right sided heart failure in a younger person?

What are the symptoms of right sided heart failure in a younger person?

Depends: The cause of the right sided failure wil influence the symptoms, course of the disease, and treatment. Right heart failure in a younger person may be from untreated sleep apnea w/ seconadry pulmonary hypertension, a pulmonary embolus can cause acute s/s, primary pulmonary hypertension can. The pt usually has lower extremity edema, perhapse acites with abdominal pain/ poor apetite. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of heart failure? And what tests are used to diagnose it?

What are the symptoms of heart failure? And what tests are used to diagnose it?

SOB & edema: Sob & edema are typical...Chest x-ray & echocardiogram are usually part of the initial evaluation. ...Read more

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How do doctors treat heart failure?

How do doctors treat heart failure?

Heart failure: First you would like to find out what caused the heart failure, to prevent it from progressing. E.g circulation blockage, uncontrolled hypertension etc. Water pill is also commonly used to prevent fluid accumulating in the lungs/legs along with other medications. ...Read more

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Safe to masturbate with heart failure?

Safe to masturbate with heart failure?

There are varying: Degrees of congestive heart failure. As a result, this needs to be addressed w your cardiologist (who knows your medical history). ...Read more

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Stage 3 heart failure, now what to expect?

Stage 3 heart failure, now what to expect?

Depends: It depends upon various factors like what caused the heart failure, is the underlying cause correctable, medications, age, other organ functions. Most people improve with treatment. ...Read more

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How does presyncope relate to heart failure?

Several causes: Presyncope which is the sensation that you might faint but actually do not lose consciousness. This sensation could be due to rapid changes in position like standing up. It may be due to low blood pressure due to diuretics or other meds. A change in heart rhythm (too slow or too fast) can also cause this feeling. Less commonly very poor pumping power can cause this sensation. ...Read more

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How to treat heart failure disease naturally?

Limit salt, weigh: Weigh yourself daily at the same time in the same clothes. If there is a 2lb or more gain notify md. Limit sodium chloride intake and check food labels carefully for sodium chloride content. Eat small frequent meals low in fat and glycemic index. ...Read more

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What is the cure for right side heart failure?

What is the cure for right side heart failure?

Diuretics: Right sided hf is a challenge if in isolation. The most common cause is left heart failure, for which treatment is established. However, we don't fully understand rhf well. Currently, treatment is mostly diuretic therapy, to maintain adequate fluid balance. One can also add digoxin, and occasionally nitrates and hydralazine. One needs to look closely at the pulmonary vasculature as well. ...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


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