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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

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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Can a thalassemia patient die from heart failure?

Can a thalassemia patient die from heart failure?

In severe cases...: Heart failure is most commonly seen in those patients with beta-thal major. One of the main reasons for heart failure is that the heart gets damaged over time from iron overload, due to the many blood transfusions needed and the disease itself. There are medicines that can help with iron overload. It is essential to get care early from a hematologist to help with long and short term effects. ...Read more

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Chronic heart failure mechanism in cor pulmonale due to occupational disease.?

Chronic heart failure mechanism in cor pulmonale  due to occupational disease.?

RV overload: Chronic lung disease causes pressure overload of the right ventricle which eventually fails with enlargement and rise in pressure in the right ventricle, right atrium and the systemic venous circulation including the liver, spleen, intestines, genitals, and legs. ...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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Can a patient with diagnosed heart failure wear a nitroglycerine patch (transdermal route) for years under a cardiologist's care?

Can a patient with diagnosed heart failure wear a nitroglycerine patch (transdermal route) for years under a cardiologist's care?

YES: But close monitoring by the cardiologist is a must.
And any other meds RXed by other DR's need to be also have cardiology approval. ...Read more

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What are some drugs which may be used in the management of the patient with heart failure?

What are some drugs which may be used in the management of the patient with heart failure?

Heart failure meds. : Heart failure medications include beta blockers, diuretics, ace inhibitors, digoxin. These are used in various combinations to achieve better heart function and control of symptoms. ...Read more

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Would you give beta blockers to a patient with heart failure?

Would you give beta blockers to a patient with heart failure?

Yes: Beta-blockers have been proven to prolong survival when given in low doses to patients with systolic heart failure. ...Read more

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If a patient has mitral stenosis how will this effect heart failure risk?

If a patient has mitral stenosis how will this effect heart failure risk?

May Increase: If mitral stenosis is severe, pressure increases in the blood vessels of the lungs, resulting in heart failure with fluid accumulation in the lungs and a low level of oxygen in the blood. ...Read more

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Is it dangerous for a heart failure patient to abruptly discontinue atenolol?

Is it dangerous for a heart failure patient to abruptly discontinue atenolol?

Yes: Stopping beta blockers (such as atenolol) can be dangerous due to a 'rebound' effect of unopposed activation of beta receptors. The beta blockers should be gradually discontinued if there is a need to. Thus being said, atenolol is probably not a great beta blocker to treat systolic heart failure; the best are bisoprolol, Carvedilol and metoprolol succinate. ...Read more

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What should a heart failure patient take they're contraindicated to beta blockers?

What should a heart failure patient take they're contraindicated to beta blockers?

Heart failure: It really depends on the type of heart failure. Here are some of the common options
1.Acei inhibitors (if no contraindication)
2. Hydralazine and nitrates
3. Calcium channel blockers. ...Read more

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How can dr say stage 4 heart failure when patient has limited symptoms . Ejection fraction 16?

How can dr say stage 4 heart failure when patient has limited symptoms . Ejection fraction 16?

The NY Heart failure: classification system is based on symptoms regardless of EF. It is surprising that the patient does not have symptoms with an EF of 16 but not unheard of. ...Read more

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What can be done for heart failure with ejection fraction of less then 20percent when patient is experiencing extreme fatigue?

What can be done for heart failure with ejection fraction of less then 20percent  when patient is experiencing extreme fatigue?

Heart failure: Main goal in heart failure treatment is to prevent fluid accumulation in your body. That means taking the right dose of water pill and also other medications that are proven to improve quality. Make sure you check your weight weekly and if you are still gaining weight make sure you talk to your provider. Avoid extra salt in your diet, canned food and frozen food as they all contain a lot of salt. ...Read more

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Can a patient with heart failure travel in a flight ?

Can a patient with heart failure travel in a flight ?

Yes but they should: be in stable condition before leaving. The slightly lower air pressure in the plane should not make too much difference for them. Supplemental oxygen could be considered if necessary. They should move about in the cabin when possible to avoid low blood flow which might predispose them to DVT. ...Read more

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If heart failure patients retain fluid in their system can they die from drowning?

If  heart failure patients retain fluid in their system can they die from drowning?

Similar: Pulmonary edema from heart failure is an excess of water in the lungs. The water in drowning itself causes problems as it can contain bacteria and pulls water out of the cells in the lung. The water from heart failure, if removed, has not usually caused an injury to the lung itself. If not removed, it will lead to death. ...Read more

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What patients should get an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (icd) for heart failure?

What patients should get an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (icd) for heart failure?

New Guidelines: This is somewhat complex and will not all fit in 400 characters so I am creating initials. 1. Ischemic cardiomyopathy, i.C., with ejection fraction, ef, >30% but <35%, newyork heartassoc, nyha, class ii or iii, and >30 days post mi/revascularization. 2. Ic, ef <30%. 3. Ic, ef between 36-40% with inducible ventricular fibrillation or tachycardia, 4. Non-ic with ef <35% and nyha class ii or greater. ...Read more

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If a patient has pulmonary edema and has heart failure occurring, should I.v fluids be ceased ? and should iv fluids not be recommenced ?

If a patient has pulmonary edema and has heart failure occurring, should I.v fluids be ceased ? and should iv fluids not be recommenced  ?

In most cases: the doctor has to find happy medium, but they should be giving diuretics and other meds to get fluid off, plus sometimes heart medicine. Some fluid may be given, depends on condition, but usually limited ...Read more

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What does it mean if a patient with congestive heart failure has cyanosis coupled with liver and kidney failure?

What does it mean if a patient with congestive heart failure has cyanosis coupled with liver and kidney failure?

Treat it fast: This organs all are affecting each other. Congestive heart failure affects liver and both cause kidney problem. It's possible to control heart, liver and kidney failure by specific measures and medications in most of the cases. ...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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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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Been diagnosed with Grave's disease and the Dr is concerned my heart is showing small % of heart failure. What treatment do you recommend. Is RAI best?

Reduce heart rate: you need to make sure your heart rate ( and thereby the oxygen demand of your heart muscle) is brought to an acceptable range. This can be done by speaking to your doctor about a so called "beta blocker" while the Grave's Disease is being brought under control. ...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?

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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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 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 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

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


Dr. Isaak Halegoua
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Occupational Therapy (Definition)

Occupational therapy is a type of physical therapy to improve one's engagement of activities of daily living and their occupation. It includes reintroducing daily tasks of living including physical and mental task to help one improve a type of disability. Hand therapy is also a ...Read more