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I have congestive heart failure and the diuretic i take is no longer working. What other options are the to avoid water rent emotion?

I have congestive heart failure and the diuretic i take is no longer working. What other options are the to avoid water rent emotion?

Change diuretic?: You should ask your physician, if you are on hydrochlorthiazide (h) if you should go to a loop diuretic, forsemide (f). Patients with chronic kidney disease do not respond to h but do respond to f. If that does not work, ask to have an echocardiogram to see if you have pulmonary artery hypertension (p) and what your ejection fraction is. If you have p, there is medicine for that to lessen edema. ...Read more

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Diuretic (Definition)

By strict definition, a diuretic is any medicine causing increased urination. More practically, a diuretic is a medicine causing the kidney to secrete excess fluid by blocking the re-absorption of either water itself or electrolytes like sodium (primarily), potassium, chloride and bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate). These medicines are effective treatments for many disorders including ...Read more


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Is 3 leaky heart valves something to be afraid of? No congestive heart failure and being treated with a ACE inhibitor and diuretic.

Is 3 leaky heart valves something to be afraid of? No congestive heart failure and being treated with a ACE inhibitor and diuretic.

Depends - ? severity: depends upon the severity, which ones, possible causes; often things need to be followed, your doctor should be able to give you good advice.... ...Read more

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Can broad spectrum antibiotics (for bladder infection) be bad for and affect effectiveness of someone taking diuretic treatment for heart failure?

Can broad spectrum antibiotics (for bladder infection) be bad for and affect effectiveness of someone taking diuretic treatment for heart failure?

Depends: In general there is little risk of interaction between the most commonly used antibiotics and the diuretics used for treatment of CHF. To get specific information the exact medications would need to be need. ...Read more

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Is it dangerous to stop taking a diuretic if you have congestive heart failure and high blood pressure and edema in legs?

Is it dangerous to stop taking a diuretic if you have congestive heart failure and high blood pressure and edema in legs?

Stop diuretic?: Why would one want to stop a diuretic with edema? The person in question should discuss the idea of stopping diuretics with the physician who ordered them and have the physician explain to that person why that is not a good idea. Apart from the fact that the edema will not resolve off diuretics, the person's BP will likely worsen off diuretic therapy. ...Read more

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I have an infected sore on my leg for two weeks i take two heart pills a water pill three inhalers 120units of humalog (insulin lispro) 500 r tid tried neosporn and triple antibactic and did not work i'm an uncontrolled diabec

I have an infected sore on my leg for two weeks i take two heart pills a water pill three inhalers 120units of humalog (insulin lispro) 500 r tid  tried neosporn and triple antibactic and did not work i'm an uncontrolled diabec

I : I am assuming that you used a topical triple antibiotic.Due to having uncontrolled diabetes, you should see your doctor. If you have swelling around it, tenderness, redness, swelling of the extremity, red streaks, fevers - all of these are reasons to get prompt medical care. ...Read more

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88 y/o dad w/Cong heart on water pill, Sod. Bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) & warfarin, trouble w/Constipation, gets out of breath, what can help w/this problem?

88 y/o dad w/Cong heart on water pill, Sod. Bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) &  warfarin, trouble w/Constipation, gets out of breath, what can help w/this problem?

Shortness of breath: Many reasons for someone to get out of breath. Debility & frailty are common causes as we age. Congestive heart failure can do so too. Family Doc or Cardiologist might suggest taking more/stronger water pill but it's important that he take certain cocktail of drugs deemed standard of care. Sodium bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) is often used in kidney failure which could also lead to shortness of breath. See your doc ...Read more

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I am on water pill and atenolol for high blood pressure. In the mornings my blood pressure is around 85/60 with heart rate 57. Is this too low?

I am on water pill and atenolol for high blood pressure.  In the mornings my blood pressure is around 85/60 with heart rate 57.  Is this too low?

Yes.: That blood pressure is too low. It does not seem like you have any reason to keep the BP that low. Even if you are not experiencing any symptoms due to that low BP, it does not leave much "buffer" room. I think your medications need to be adjusted to allow for higher blood pressure. Please see your doctor as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Why does congestive heart failure cause diuretics to be mal-absorbed?

Why does congestive heart failure cause diuretics to be mal-absorbed?

Swelling: Swelling in the intestinal wall. Some diuretics are better absorbed in this setting by mouth. If this fails then IV diuretics. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Heart failure diet to lose water retention?

Heart failure diet to lose water retention?

Low sodium: The most important thing--almost the only thing--is to restrict the sodium content of your diet. Sodium will cause fluid retention. ...Read more

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Over the counter diuretic? Fluid around the heart. What do I take?

Over the counter diuretic? Fluid around the heart. What do I take?

Here are some...: For someone with fluid around the heart, the use of OTC diuretic would be probably not effective and helpful enough. Hence, go to be evaluated for assuring the diagnosis first before treating it. How to do these safely & correctly? Follow suggestions in articles listed in http://formefirst.com/onDealSickness.html. Best wish to health... ...Read more

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From internet source-diuretic plus a calcium channel blocker, is a proven killer, as it increases the risk of sudden heart attack.Is it true(coveram)?

From internet source-diuretic plus a calcium channel blocker, is a proven killer, as it increases the risk of sudden heart attack.Is it true(coveram)?

Not true: The combination of calcium channel blocker and a diuretic is well established as safe and very effective in controlling severe hypertension and from extensive clinical trials in the past ten years ,there is no indication of increase cardiac events with the use of either drugs alone as long as electrolytes particularly potassium is monitored with the diuretic use ...Read more

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Heart rate fluctuating between 130 to 145. Taking metoprolol 25mg 2wice daily. Taking diuretic 5mg. Bp is 85/60. Feeling tired. Pl advice?

Heart rate fluctuating between 130 to 145. Taking metoprolol 25mg 2wice daily. Taking diuretic 5mg. Bp is 85/60. Feeling tired. Pl advice?

?add another agent: Sounds suspicious for atrial fibrillation, a rapid rhythm emanating from the upper poles of the heart frequently seen in older patients and in patients with previous heart disease. Should preferably confer with your pcp to confirm. Might be able to take Diltiazem in low doses in addition to other meds and have minimal effect on bp, but this would have to be approved/monitored by a local doctor. ...Read more

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Low BP 98/47, have hepc n cirohsis, heart prob, taking diuretic 5mg earlier now 40 mg...Pl advice?

Low BP 98/47, have hepc n cirohsis, heart prob, taking diuretic 5mg earlier now 40 mg...Pl advice?

The problem with : Cirrhosis is that your liver it's not producing vital protein necessary for coagulation and to maintain an adequate effective intravascular volume. You develop ascitis, leg edema and sometimes your kidney may suffer. Treatment it's low sodium diet and diuretics. Sometimes treatment don't work and fluids have to be taken from abdominal cavity by paracenthesis. Are you in the transplant list? ...Read more

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Heart medication question. What happens in heat if on diuretic?

Increase H2O or redu: You have to compensate the water loss via sweat due to excess heat by either increase oral replacement of water/fluids, or reduce/stop the diuretic, or u may need to do both depending on severity of heat and duration of exposure. It is a rather complicated balance and u must do that diligently or you may get in trouble with dehydration or fluid overload. Use a weight-scale. Good luck. ...Read more

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My BP is normally on the lower side 95/55, (60). Heart rate is between130to140...Last 2 days hr is60 andbp is same.Shld i continue with my diuretic. ?

My BP is normally on the lower side 95/55, (60). Heart rate is between130to140...Last 2 days hr is60 andbp is same.Shld i continue with my diuretic. ?

High HR : It is not clear why your heart rate is that high. I wonder if it is irregular and you might then have atrial fibrillation. As for now, it looks better and this could be the effect of medications like beta blockers. As long you are not dizzy, you can take your medications and increase water intake. You should try to talk to your md as well and get an ecg. Check your BP and pulse at the drug store. ...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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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