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69yrold emphysema both top lungs no air sacs bottom right pneumonia right heart failure broke hip never seen dr until now life expectancy? Heavy smoke

69yrold emphysema both top lungs no air sacs bottom right pneumonia right heart failure broke hip never seen dr until now life expectancy? Heavy smoke

Hard to say: Heavy tobacco use alone significantly reduces life expectancy. Major emphysema also reduces it. I would not want a future of progressive pulmonary issues and gradual loss of any ability to care for oneself. ...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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What sign would help distinguish if pneumonia v.Congestive heart failure?

What sign would help distinguish if pneumonia v.Congestive heart failure?

Many: Fever, chills, productive cough and chest pain with deep breaths maybe more consistent with pneumonia while shortness of breath that wakes you at night or shortness of breath when laying flat and swelling of the legs may be more consistent with heart failure. If you have any of these symptoms please see your doctor immediately. ...Read more

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I had my son at age 39 and developed post partum cardiomyopathy, bilat pneumonia and congestive heart failure and sepsis , ef 15 in ER 4 days after my son was born. Could retained placenta have caused all this? Baby 6 weeks early but perfect. I was pla

I had my son at age 39 and developed post partum cardiomyopathy, bilat pneumonia and congestive heart failure and sepsis , ef 15 in ER 4 days after my son was born.  Could retained placenta have caused all this?
Baby 6 weeks early but perfect.  I was pla

PPCM: Postpartum cardiomyopathy (ppcm) is heart failure secondary to left ventricular systolic dysfunction toward the end of pregnancy or in the months after delivery, in the absence of any other cause of heart failure. Ppcm is a diagnosis of exclusion. Retained placenta is not a cause. ...Read more

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Could increased pleural fluid cause pulmonary edema, heart failure, or pneumonia?

Could increased pleural fluid cause pulmonary edema, heart failure, or pneumonia?

No, but: Increased pleural fluid (effusion) may be caused by pulmonary edema and heart failure. This is because the heart is unable to pump the blood effectively and fluid backs up in the lungs and leaks out to the pleural space. The fluid can often be relieved by medication. Pneumonia can cause increased fluid as well, which is often infected (empyema). This is removed by a tube in the chest or surgery. ...Read more

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Can pneumonia from years earlier caused by decompensated heart failure turn into chronic heart failure later on?

Can pneumonia from years earlier caused by decompensated heart failure turn into chronic heart failure later on?

Congestive failure: Pneumonia causes heart failure decompensation in people who have heart failure already, it doesn't cause it anew usually. That is most of those people already have chronic compensated heart failure if they decompensate with pneumonia. ...Read more

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My grandmother has pneumonia with bloodcots. What is that & how that can effect her with congestive heart failure & diabeties type 2?

My grandmother has pneumonia with bloodcots. What is that & how that can effect her with congestive heart failure & diabeties type 2?

See below: Pneumonia is an infection in the lungs. It can be serious, especially in elderly and those with chronic medical problems, so it should be seen and treated at once. CHF and diabetes can impair blood flow. Impaired or sluggish blood flow can cause clots, and infection can potentially increase the body's tendency to clot, so all of this can be related. ...Read more

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My mother has both congestive heart failure and pneumonia. What is the best way to treat this critical condition ?

My mother has both congestive heart failure and pneumonia. What is the best way to treat this critical condition ?

Talk to her doctors: Antibiotics for pneumonia. And medications such as diuretics, beta blockers and ace inhibitors or angiotensin receptor blockers based upon heart rate, blood pressure and strength of the heart pump. Hospitalization may be rewuired. Her doctor(s) are the ones in the best position to direct her care. Please discuss with them. ...Read more

Dr. Michael DePietro
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Pneumonia (Definition)

Pneumonia is an inflammation of the lungs, most ...Read more