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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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Whats the treatment for right side heart failure?

Whats the treatment for right side heart failure?

Vasodilators: In right sided heart failure the problem is abnormalities in the pulmonary or lung circulation. There is typically underlying lung diseases. Treatment involves 1) treatment of the specific lung disease, 2 ) supplemental oxygen if needed as this tends to dilate the blood vessels in the lungs 3) medicine that directly dilate the blood vessels in the lungs, one such medicine is a form of "viagra". ...Read more

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What's the treatment for right side heart failure?

What's the treatment for right side heart failure?

Specific treatment: Really depends on the cause. In general diuretics are critical to treat the volume overload and edema. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for right sided heart failure?

What is the treatment for right sided heart failure?

Right heart failure: The best treatment for right heart failure is to treat the underlying cause. If the right heart fails due to lung disease, then treat it, or if it is due to congenital heart disease then try to correct the defect. Sometimes the cause can't be determined or corrected and then we do the best we can to treat the symptoms. ...Read more

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What's the standard treatment for a class 2 patient with systolic heart failure?

What's the standard treatment for a class 2 patient with systolic heart failure?

Check out this : Informative link. Take care and happy holidays! http://www.Mayoclinic.Com/health/heart-failure/ds00061. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for left-sided heart failure?

What is the treatment for left-sided heart failure?

Heart failure: Left sided or systolic heart failure is treated with several meds including ace inhibitors, beta blockers and diuretics. Other meds such as spironolactone and arb, or angiotensin receptor blockers, can be added as allowed by blood pressure tolerates. ...Read more

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What is the typical treatment for right side heart failure?

What is the typical treatment for right side heart failure?

Not easy: Unfortunately, our understanding and treatment of right heart failure is not at the level of left heart failure. One has to be careful with fluid management because in the case of right heart failure, you're actually dependent on volume to keep the function of the heart going, therefore, overly aggressive fluid management treatments often backfire. The balance is much more important here. ...Read more

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Is it true that herbal treatment can replace traditional drugs for heart failure?

Is it true that herbal treatment can replace traditional drugs for heart failure?

No and yes: One of the most important drugs used for a long time was digitalis and digoxin. They are derived from the foxglove plant. A number of cancer drugs are derived from plants too. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for pulmonary edema if the person has heart failure?

What is the best treatment for pulmonary edema if the person has heart failure?

Treatment...: One of the treatments for pulmonary edema caused by heart failure is diuretic therapy to rid the body of the excess fluid. This therapy needs to be prescribed by a physician and monitored very carefully, . ...Read more

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What is the use of treatment with digoxin (digitalis) in heart failure?

What is the use of treatment with digoxin (digitalis) in heart failure?

Stronger, slower: When the heart fails, it decreases blood flow to organs. This can cause kidney injury, liver injury, fatigue, shortness of breath, swelling, and fluid build-up in the lungs. Digoxin makes the heart contract stronger and slows the heart rate. This pushes more blood forward to the organs. Digoxin is not used much for heart failure anymore, but it is used to prevent abnormal heart rhythms. ...Read more

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Treatment of heart failure and hypotension.Can i give lasix (furosemide)?

Treatment of heart failure and hypotension.Can i give lasix (furosemide)?

Tricky : Heart failure in the setting of low blood pressure is challenging. Diuretics like Lasix (furosemide) can be used but support of the cardiac output is essential. Acute care is usually in the ICU with IV meds. Chronic heart failure managed as an outpatient with diuretics, ace inhibitors, and other cardiac meds requires close follow-up of blood pressure, electrolytes, and kidney function. ...Read more

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What is the best natural treatment for Mid Sept emphysema,an RS heart failure I don't have oxygen or bronchodilators,doc refused saying they wont work?

What is the best natural treatment for Mid Sept emphysema,an RS heart failure I don't have oxygen or bronchodilators,doc refused saying they wont work?

Exercise: Graded exercise for respiratory patients is your best bet. You should look for a structured program supervised by an exercise physiologist. We call this "Pulmonary Rehabilitation". If your oxygen saturation drops to ...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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Are there any permanent treatments for left sided heart failure?

Are there any permanent treatments for left sided heart failure?

Heart failure: The cause of the heart failure informs what treatment and how effective it will be. "permanent" treatment is difficult to reconcile, no 'cure' is extant for heart failure tho effective treatments exist. ...Read more

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What are treatments for heart failure?

What are treatments for heart failure?

Salt, liquid control: Then diuresis i.e. Water pills by mouth or IV then some medicines may help like ace inhibitors or arbs or IV drips like dobutamine, melrinone, or Nesiritide in severe cases. In severe selected cases, heart transplant may be an option. Note, if no fluid overload happens, using salt & fluid restriction, the overwhelming majority of these patients will stay away from hospital and it's complications. ...Read more

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What are the treatments for chronic heart failure?

What are the treatments for chronic heart failure?

Medicines: This is complex. Treatment includes medicine to remove fluids ( diuretics) salt restriction, medicine to decrease the work the heart does , these medications dilate the blood vessels, especially a class of medicines called "ace" inhibitors, and medicines to decrease stress hormones (beta blockers) other issues may need to be addressed as well, such as arrhythmia & blockages in coronary arteries. ...Read more

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What are likely causes of this heart failure and treatments?

What are likely causes of this heart failure and treatments?

Complicated: This is a very complex topic with books written on the subject. There are different types and causes of heart failure and depending on type, cause, and severity, treatment would vary. The most common cause of heart failure is coronary artery disease. Treatment is with medications +/- revascularization. ...Read more

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What are some new treatments and/or drugs for congestive heart failure?

Heart Failure: Your question is too broad and difficult to answer here. Please refer to the following article: http://circ.Ahajournals.Org/content/128/16/e240. ...Read more

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Why don't men want to go to doctors? My husband has congestive heart failure, and I feel I have to drag him in to be seen. What will happen to him without treatment?

Why don't men want to go to doctors? My husband has congestive heart failure, and I feel I have to drag him in to be seen. What will happen to him without treatment?

Fear: Without treatment of significant congestive heart failure you can expect worsening disability and hastening death. As to your question as to why men don't want to go to the doctor it is usually fear of having to deal with the unknown. Reassure him, tell him that you are with him all the way and perhaps he will listen. ...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