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Over The Counter Treatment For Congestive Heart Failure
74 year old father has melanoma, congestive heart failure and copd. What are the best forms of treatment?
Congestive heart failure, 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 sufficent oxygen and nutrients. When the left side of the heart is damaged, fluid builds up in the lungs, which results in difficulty breathing. When the right side of the heart is affected, fluid builds up in the extremities and abdomen, resulting in swelling of the legs and poor absorption of nutrients due to ...Read more
Multiple treatments: Salt restriction is obvious. Medication classes that may help (usually a combination of several is best) include the ace-i's, arb's, beta blockers, and aldosterone antagonists, and diuretics. The choice of treatments will be determined by contributing factors such as valvular problems, coronary disease, rhythm disturbances, kidney function, etc. Any remediable causes should be treated. ...Read more
Be careful: This is an experimental treatment that is showing a lot of future promise. The overall efficacy and side effects are still being evaluated That being said there are a LOT of quacks out there selling this as a treatment to hopeless patients for a huge amount of money. Don't blow your life savings on one of these overseas clinics, it will be a waste of time/money and dangerous. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Salt monitoring: Treatment consists of a good dietary regimen with monitoring of salt intake about 2000 mg salt per day. Second aspect pf therapy is pharmacologic therapy which will be individualised based on the type of heart faiure and other factors that your cardiologist will decide. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Common themes: The real answer depends on the cause. There are common themes, though. If you have CHF with lv dysfunction, you will probably benefit from some level of regular exercise, angiotensin blockade (ace/arb), beta blocker therapy, and an aldosterone blocker. (all of those things should be considered.) heart failure is a speciality inside cardiology and there are heart failure teams for expert care. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many: The cornerstone of therapy is a diuretic ("fluid pill"). Drugs that dilate the blood vessels (vasodilators, ace inhibitors) and drugs that reduce the work load of the heart (beta blockers) should always be included unless there is a specific contraindication. A drug that blocks the hormone aldosterone (spironolactone or inspra) should also be used if possible. The underlying cause should be sought. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What is congestive heart failure? How is it contracted, what is the treatment, how does it affect life expetancy ?
Failure of the heart: Failure of the heart muscles to pump blood effectively from the chambers to the body/lungs leading to back up of blood . Caused by heart attacks, (coronary artery disease) long standing hypertension/diabetes, chemotherapy, congenital heart defects, intractable rhythm problems. Life expectancy depends on underlying cause. ...Read more
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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