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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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74 year old father has melanoma, congestive heart failure and copd. What are the best forms of treatment?

74 year old father has melanoma, congestive heart failure and copd. What are the best forms of treatment?

Melanoma treatment: Surgical treatment is the best. Find a surgical oncologist, dermatologist or a plastic surgeon that can evaluate this asap. ...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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What could cause one lung to fill with blood? 82 yr old female. Congestive Heart Failure, severe heart blockage. Diabetes. hemoglobin low.

What could cause one lung to fill with blood? 82 yr old female. Congestive Heart Failure, severe heart blockage. Diabetes. hemoglobin low.

Many causes: CHF, pulmonary hypertension, pulmonary embolism, arteriovenous malformation, cancer, pneumonia, anticoagulation just to name a few. This type of question is very difficult to answer because it involves a lot more questions from the doctor's point of view. Also, knowing whether blood was in the airways of the lung itself or around the lung in the chest cavity might help. ...Read more

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Could i be having congestive heart failure i had a pacemaker put in last year because of atrial fib i take diltiazem which was just increased to 360 mg from 240 mg for the last few days and nights I am short of breath i wake up short of breath seems t

Could i be having congestive heart failure i had a pacemaker put in last year because of atrial fib   i take diltiazem which was just increased to 360 mg from 240 mg  for the last few days and nights I am short of breath  i wake up short of breath seems t

If : If you are experiencing shortness of breath and difficulty breathing when laying down, these are signs of congestive heart failure, and more specifically left heart failure. In left heart failure, fluid builds up in the lungs causing shortness of breath and difficulty breathing when laying down. Fatigue is also a sign that your heart may be working too hard. See a doctor sooner than your appointment. Go to the emergency room to be assessed if you can not get in right away to see your cardiologist. ...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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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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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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What are congestive heart failure and coronary artery disease?

What are congestive heart failure and coronary artery disease?

Overlap: Atherosclerosis develops in our coronaries and can cause damage to heart. Some other diseases damage heart as well! viral, rheumatic, infections etc when enough muscle damage has happened, then heart failure, poor pumping, and congestion will occur- called CHF congestive heart failure. ...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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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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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?

Quality of life : For people at this age no matter what disease they might suffer of the most important thing is quality of life. Certainly depending on how advanced these two conditions are it is crucial to weight the risks of not taking medications as prescribed versus living with unwanted and uncomfortable side effects. Making sure he is comfortable with his treatment and discussing with pcp is vital. ...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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How does congestive heart failure cause edema (foot swelling)?

How does congestive heart failure cause edema (foot swelling)?

Low pressure, : Water leaks out of the vessels and can not be pumped out of the legs due to low pressure. Low pressure also reduces the blood flow to the kidneys, resulting in activation of hormones that cause fluid retention. ...Read more

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

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

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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