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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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What's the treatment for right side heart failure?

What's 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".

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