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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
Eariler the better!:
The following two websites will help you in assessing your cardiac disease risk. The risk depends on multiple factors. You cannot start too early.
http://www. Nhlbi. Nih. Gov/health/health-topics/topics/hd/atrisk. Htmlhttp://hp2010.nhlbihin. Net/atpiii/calculator. Asp? Usertype=prof. ...Read more
Diuretics: Diuretics or "water pils" help the body remove the extra fluid in patients with chf. These include furosemide, torsemide, bumex, metalazone, spironolactone and occasionally hctz (hydrochlorothiazide). These usually are taken daily to keep extra fluid off. Limiting the amount of fluid intake to 1500 - 2000 cc/day can also limit the amount of meds needed. Severe edema may need IV meds in the hospital to get the fluid off. ...Read more
My grandfather is 91 and has chf. Doctors have him on Lasix (furosemide) to prevent fluid buildup around his heart/lungs. How much water can he drink safely?
Ask his heart MD: At that age - and CHF - the amount of fluid that is safe to take in - can be very specific - and usually is balanced with the urine output - - check with his md - it will depend a lot on his ability of his heart to efficiently pump (ejection fraction) - done with echocardiogram, along with his kidney function (blood tests - especially creatinine, blood urea nitrogen-bun and now GFR - great? ! ...Read more
High risk for heart disease- what supplements should I take to help prevent it? My dad had CHF my mom just found out she has blockages in neck, im 26.
Lifestyle changes: Things you can do to change your future - exercise daily, maintain optimal weight; know your blood pressure and cholesterol levels - keep them good. Wear your seat belt. In 10-15 years, you can get a coronary calcium score to see how you are doing - if you have early signs of buildup - then Aspirin and specific lipid therapies may be warranted. We may have better genetic testing in 10-15 years ...Read more
Dx Early & TxDrivers: Proactively check heart (a) chamber sizes, (b) function & (c) valve function to catch CHF early, good quality echocardiogram images which you personally see & understand crucial. Aggressively tx drivers of atherosclerosis [lipoproteins (not cholesterol) blood sugar, bp, etc. To abnormally healthy levels] very early, stay physically active & slender, solve anger issues, smile, & the list goes on. ...Read more
Sometimes can't: Some factors that we know include coronary artery disease, viruses, genetic disorder, pregnancy, alcohol, endocrine abnormalities (thyroid in particular), and many others. To prevent decompensation of the chf, the biggest factor is salt. Salt causes fluid retention, which the weakened or stiff heart muscle can not work with. Diuretics, blood pressure control, habitual exercise, healthy wt. Help. ...Read more
Prevention of CHF:
I don't know how old are you, and what was the cause of your family members life lost.
But you can prevent by having regular physical exams, stop smoking, control your bp, keep your cholesterol under control, get checked for diabetes and if you have it keep under control, avoid obesity, eat properly and exercise regularly.
These are the general recommendations but if I know your history I can advice. ...Read more
What are some preventative test you can take to prevent congestive heart failure? What are the signs? What is congestive heart failure and how is it caused, and what is the result of the body after congestive heart failure?
a semster's worth:
That is a semester's worth of questions. The American Heart Association is a good place to start :
http://www. Hearthub. Org/hc-heart-failure. Htm ...Read more
It's not: Heart failure can be the result of many different problems such as heart attacks which weaken the heart muscle, untreated hypertension which can leas to a stiff heart, or drug toxicity such as can occur with certain types of chemotherapy. Decrease your chances of developing heart failure by managing your identifed risk factors (i.e. Hypertension). A pacemaker may be needed in advanced heart failur. ...Read more
Yes: There are many effective ways to treat heart arrhythmias and prevent consequences such as heart failure. The most common way is with medications such as beta blockers or other anti-arrhythmic medications. There are also procedures, called ablations, which treat the arrhythmia by interupting the electrical signals of the arrhythmia. A qualified cardiologist should be able to help. ...Read more
Are there any natural supplements that can prevent my child from getting congestive heart failure?
Yes: Stress, particularly long standing stress can cause pertubations to our hormonal axis. This in turn has been shown to impact the inflammatory system. Elevated inflammatory mediators and other indicators of an out of balance inflammatory system are often seen in patients with congestive heart failure (chf). Anything that can reduce stress, can be seen as a positive cardiac mediator. ...Read more
Weakness of heart.: CHF is primarily caused by an issue in the heart that prevents it from being able to supply your body with the oxygen it needs. This can be caused by weakness of the heart muscle, insufficiency of a valve in the heart or a rhythm disturbance that disrupts the forward flow of blood from the heart. Medications and procedures are available for treatment. ...Read more
CHF exercise: We don't prescribe exercise for CHF patients until the CHF is controlled. When we feel control is reached, the patient is started on a low level exercise program tailored to their specific situation. We progress slowly with increases in the work load only very gradually. The patient will feel 'too much' by the symptoms provoked. We try to not get to the point where the patient feels symptoms. ...Read more
Breathing problems: Shortness of breath with only mild exertion associated with leg swelling are the first symtoms of chf. Then it gets worse if not treated. The patient may not be able to sleep flat and wakes up to sit up to breath better. Chest XR and blood tests and heart ultrasound confirm the diagnosis. ...Read more
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