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Medications for congestive heart failure for my 82 year old fiance?

Medications for congestive heart failure for my 82 year old fiance?

Several categories: There are several types of medications that can be used for congestive heart failure. Diuretics help get rid of extra body fluid. Medications that relax the muscle wall of veins and arteries and make it easier to pump blood out of the heart. Digoxin has been thought to help the strength of the heart contraction. Finally beta-blockers may take some strain away form the heart muscle. ...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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I have congestive heart failure and enlarged heart a pacemaker /defibrillator.I'm 26 years old. I was diagnosed six years ago.Can I have another baby?

I have congestive heart failure and enlarged heart a pacemaker /defibrillator.I'm 26 years old. I was diagnosed six years ago.Can I have another baby?

Hard to say: You need to discuss this with a cardiologist experienced with pregnancy issues as well as a high risk obstetrician. Your answer is likely to be highly individualized. ...Read more

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What can be done for my 88 year old grandmother who has stopped eating and has renal failure and congentital heart defect?

What can be done for my 88 year old grandmother who has stopped eating and has renal failure and congentital heart defect?

What can be done: It sounds like your grandmother has made the decision for you. She has had a long life and she has some serious health issues. The best thing i can tell you is to have a talk with your grandmother and ask her what she wants to do. It may be that she has had enough of treatments and hospitals, so you can enroll her in hospice, spend some time with her, allow her to be with her family. ...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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My husband is 58 and has had untreated high blood pressure for 20 years. He won't take medication. He's heavy. Is he at risk for heart disease?

My husband is 58 and has had untreated high blood pressure for 20 years. He won't take medication. He's heavy. Is he at risk for heart disease?

YES: High BP is a silent killer. It causes few symptoms until it's already damaged the heart, brain or kidneys. Usually by then damage is irreversible. Some media reports might confuse people because there's been recent debate about whether treatment is needed for mild hypertension. But it's pretty clear to everyone that anything over 150/90 or so is dangerous, especially over another 20-30 years. ...Read more

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My mom is 72 years old she has diabetes congestive heart failure her EKG came back with fluid and heart enlarged. How should we proceed?

My mom is 72 years old she has diabetes congestive heart failure her EKG came back with fluid and heart enlarged. How should we proceed?

Evaluation by cardio: She needs to be evaluated completely by a cardiologist, with an echocardiogram as the first step, and laboratory data and exam. Depending upon the results of the above, one can proceed with appropriate medical therapy. ...Read more

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My friend have a serious heart condition, 20% heart function, 28 years old on lots of medication waiting for heart transplant now CRAVING vinegar ?

My friend have a serious heart condition, 20%  heart function, 28 years old on lots of medication waiting for heart transplant now CRAVING vinegar ?

Sorry: to hear about your sick friend ...I do NOT have an explanation for craving vinegar..I hope some of my Health Tap colleagues will read this answer and have some ideas! Hope this helps Dr Z ...Read more

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I am a 58 yo male, I have diastolic congestive heart failure. is it safe for me to masturbate?

I am a 58 yo male, I have diastolic congestive heart failure. is it safe for me to masturbate?

Probably; but treat.: It's probably best to treat heart failure before engaging in strenuous activities. While there's no direct evidence that masturbation is harmful, history has examples of cardiac events occurring during arousal. Heart failure, while incurable (ie, heart won't go back to way it was before without medications), is also treatable (medications DO restore some function). So get it treated 1st, then TTYD ...Read more

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My mother, 84 yrs. Has one kidney working 30%. She has congestive heart failure and inoperaple liver cancer. How long , in your opinion, will she live?

My mother, 84 yrs. Has one kidney working 30%. She has congestive heart failure and inoperaple liver cancer. How long , in your opinion, will she live?

CHF & Cancer: Patients with congestive heart failure and an advanced liver cancer together are, on average, predicted to succumb to their diseases in 6-12 months or less. The more immediate problem of what sounds like impending kidney failure in your mother, unless she opts for dialysis, will probably supervene before the heart and cancer problems take their toll. ...Read more

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My son is 62 and needs a kidney transplant. I am his mother, 82 years old, active and in excellent health. Can i donate to him?

My son is 62 and needs a kidney transplant. I am his mother, 82 years old, active and in excellent health. Can i donate to him?

Generous thought: Your age is likely a strong conta-indication to kidney donation. Surgical and post-operative risks, at your age, are considerable. Also remaining function of a single kidney, after donation at your age, may not be sufficient for you to remain in excellent health. In same vein, your single donated 82-year-old kidney may not be sufficient for your son. Discuss with transplant drs. ...Read more

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Does my 59 year old mom qualify for medical disability if she has heart and psychiatric problems?

Does my 59 year old mom qualify for medical disability if she has heart and psychiatric problems?

Possibly.: It all depends on the severity of those problems. To a degree, it also depends on whether liberals or conservatives are in control of the legislature. ...Read more

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My mum has end stage liver disease and isn't a candidate for transplant due to diabetes heart failure and COPD how long has she got to live?

My mum has end stage liver disease and isn't a candidate for transplant due to diabetes heart failure and COPD how long has she got to live?

End stage Liver fail: Unfortunately there is no absolute answer. It depends upon person to person and number of comorbidities and degree of comorbidities. In some people it is less than six months. In another people it could be more prolonged. ...Read more

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My 82 year old grandmother was taking a medicine in which caused kidney damage an now her heart is off rhythm what should we expect ?

My 82 year old grandmother was taking a medicine in which caused kidney damage an now her heart is off rhythm what should we expect ?

Depends: It would depend on what you mean by her heart is off rhythm. If it's sinus arrhytmia, infrequent premature atrial or ventricular complexes, and she has no symptoms nothing needs to be done. But if she has atrial fibrillation, she may need to be put on meds to control heart rate, to prevent stroke, and possbly control rhythm. If she is passing out due to sick sinus syndrome, a pacemaker is needed. ...Read more

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My mother passed away she was hospitalized for a month for liver failure. Her heart rate went to high and I guess her heart stopped. What cause death?

My mother passed away she was hospitalized for a month for liver failure. Her heart rate went to high and I guess her heart stopped. What cause death?

Reviewing a case: These little text boxes are not enough to review a complex case. You might consider having a consult with a physician here on HealthTap. ...Read more

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Is smoking and alcohol dangerous for avsd patient? I am 22 year old avsd patient

Is smoking and alcohol dangerous for avsd patient? I am 22 year old avsd patient

No smoking!: Smoking is dangerous for anyone, more so if you have had heart surgery! if you choose to drink alcohol, use in moderation. ...Read more

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High risk for heart disease- what supplements should I take to help prevent it? My dad had CHF my mom just found out she has blockages in neck, im 26.

High risk for heart disease- what supplements should I take to help prevent it? My dad had CHF my mom just found out she has blockages in neck, im 26.

Lifestyle changes: things you can do to change your future - exercise daily, maintain optimal weight; know your blood pressure and cholesterol levels - keep them good. wear your seat belt. In 10-15 years, you can get a coronary calcium score to see how you are doing - if you have early signs of buildup - then Aspirin and specific lipid therapies may be warranted. we may have better genetic testing in 10-15 years ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Werner
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Congestive Heart Failure (Definition)

A condition in which the heart muscle is weakened and cannot supply the body with ...Read more