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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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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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I have congestive heart failure and currently do humatrope (human growth hormone) injections. I began about 1 1/2 years ago and have felt more fatigue and weakness since.?

I have congestive heart failure and currently do humatrope (human growth hormone) injections. I began about 1 1/2 years ago and have felt more fatigue and weakness since.?

Check thyroid.: Both weakness and fatigue are symptoms, not diseases. Because these symptoms can be caused by many other health problems, the importance of weakness and fatigue can only be determined when other symptoms are evaluated. HGH can cause transient fluid retention thus should be avoided in patients with decompensated congestive heart failure. Otherwise, there doesn't seem to be a problem with the heart. ...Read more

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Congestive heart failure is causing clear fluid to leak through my skin on both legs from ankle to mid-calf. Treatment?

Congestive heart failure is causing clear fluid to leak through my skin on both legs from ankle to mid-calf. Treatment?

Or better Rx: You probably need better heart failure treatment. See your cardiologist. Additionally, make sure you are taking your medications regularly, and eat a low sodium diet. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of congestive heart failure if you had it would you be able to walk 3 miles in an hour in a mall. Level. No incline no ankle swellin?

What are symptoms of congestive heart failure if you had it would you be able to walk 3 miles in an hour in a mall. Level. No incline no ankle swellin?

CHF: Congestive heart failure patients often have shortness of breath/coughs, swollen legs, need more pillows at night and may notice heart palpitations. Your doctor can run tests to determine if you have this condition. In the early stages, you might be able to exert yourself more, but as time goes on, it becomes more difficult to do simple tasks like walking around a mall. ...Read more

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Could ankle swelling that gets very painful during exercise be a sign of congestive heart failure?

Could ankle swelling that gets very painful during exercise be a sign of congestive heart failure?

Yes: Swelling in ankles can many things. Heartfailure is just one. Gout, arthritis, venous insufficiency, hypothyroidism, are just a few others you need a full exam with detailed history along with labs, cxr, ekg and possibly an echo of the heart. ...Read more

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I have congestive heart failure, stage 5 kidney failure and diabetes, what could be the cause of my extreme thigh muscle hardening?

I have congestive heart failure, stage 5 kidney failure and diabetes, what could be the cause of my extreme thigh muscle hardening?

Thigh: I would be concerned about a blood clot in the thigh veins or swelling caused by marked tissue fluid collection in view of the presence of advanced cardiac and kidney failure. In any event you should be examined by your cardiologist or nephrologist for this development. ...Read more

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Would an EKG show congestive heart failure?

Would an EKG show congestive heart failure?

It can: Low voltage in an EKG suggest cardiomyopathy. Which goes by the hand with Heart Failure.
- In addition Electrical Alternans in the EKG is also suggestive of heart failure ...Read more

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Can an EKG detect congestive heart failure?

Can an EKG detect congestive heart failure?

It can give clues: Heart failure is a complicated diagnosis to make and is usually based on history and physical exam findings. An ekg may give clues that point towards a diagnosis of heart failure but can not fully diagnose it. You may be confusing the term heart failure with heart disease. Ask you doctor about further specifics. ...Read more

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What risks are associated with getting pregnant with moderate congestive heart failure?

What risks are associated with getting pregnant with moderate congestive heart failure?

High: Then normal physiologic changes that occur during pregnancy to prepare you for the delivery of your baby can worse your CHF symptoms and you and your baby could be at risk. Consult your OB for specifics. ...Read more

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Can it be that a family history of heart disease put me at risk of congestive heart failure at age 18?

Can it be that a family history of heart disease put me at risk of congestive heart failure at age 18?

Probably not: My advise to you is that during your early age you decrease all controllable risk factors possible. Keep healthy weight, do not smoke, control chol, bp, exercise, do not drink, control stress. ...Read more

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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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What causes my to smell dirt all the time? . I have had a heart attack and congestive heart failure. Just wanted to know if it was related or not.

What causes my to smell dirt all the time? . I have had a heart attack and congestive heart failure. Just wanted to know if it was related or not.

Coincidental: May be the side effect of some medications.
Hope you are doing better with your heart conditions. Please take medicines, regular exercise as prescribed by Cardiologist, restrict salt to prevent excerbation of CHF, Maintain weight as close to ideal body weight and control the cholesterol ...Read more

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My 33 yr old son had a heart attack 10-15. He now has dx of chronic combined systolic and diastolic congestive heart failure. Ef of 40. How serious?

My 33 yr old son had a heart attack 10-15. He now has dx of chronic combined systolic and diastolic congestive heart failure. Ef of 40. How serious?

Heart failure: Heart failure caused by a prior myocardial infarction (heart attack) is a very serious problem. Fortunately there are well-defined treatments including medications and procedures. Patients with this condition should be under the care of a cardiologist. It may also help to get a second opinion here on HealthTap to review treatment options. ...Read more

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Can a child have congestive heart failure and then have a heart attack?

Can a child have congestive heart failure and then have a heart attack?

CHF: If you mean MI with heart attack it is a rare combination but if you mean sudden arrhythmias leading to sudden death with congestive heart failure, it is more common then MI. ...Read more

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Need help. Is 22 too young to have heart disease/congestive heart failure?

It can happen: Unfortunately, sometimes young people also get affected by heart failure. Most often it relates to a viral infection that infects the heart muscle, called "myocarditis". This can lead to substantial heart failure in young patients, and is treated similarly to older patients with hf. However, sometimes the disease can get so bad that heart transplant needs to be considered. ...Read more

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