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Weeping Edema Congestive Heart Failure
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
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
Anyone who is afflicted with congestive heart failure & edema that has it go away with diet change?
Doesn't cure: Diet can certainly make congestive heart failure worse. Salt needs to be closely watched as it will precipitate fluid retention making the congestive failure even worse. Although diet can improve symptoms of congestive heart failure the problem still exist so continued care needs to be applied. With time the heart can improve with regards to its function so make sure medications are continued. ...Read more
I have +5 pitting edema in the lower extremities bilaterally. I also have shortness of breath when supine. Is this congestive heart failure?
Pitting Edema and: shortness of breath when laying supine certainly are suspicious of CHF. It is time for you to SEE a doctor, who can conduct a hands-on exam, get the appropriate studies and get you started on appropriate medications if needed. Don't wait. The longer you wait the more likely of permanent sequelae will develop. ...Read more
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
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
Yes: This can be related to periodontal disease. ...Read more
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
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.
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
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
No perfect answer: Probably best to avoid combination medicines which contain pseudoephedrine, which many do. This speeds up your heart. Diphenhydramine (benedryl) can dry up secretions. However, it is important to understand that the cough may be due to the chf. Also medications commonly used to treat CHF (ace inhibitors - often end with. Pril) can sometimes cause a chronic dry cough. Talk to your md. ...Read more
Is it recommended for people who suffer from congestive heart failure to take special precautions with their dental care?
CHF: Congestive heart failure patients usually have structural abnormalities of the heart muscle and can have rhythm abnormalities so yes. Dental care both in the office and at home is important. A the dentist some office procedures and drugs could be problematic. Poor dental hygiene at home could result in infections which could cause valve problems. So dental care is important. ...Read more
My husband has COPD and congestive heart failure. He is 86 and very weak. Docs said this is bad. What is there to help him?
Consultants: He should be evaluated by both a cadiologist and a pulmonolgist, preferably in a hospital setting. ...Read more
If you have congestive heart failure.......Would that be seen in an echocardiogram at rest? If not, what tests or such can detect then.
Congestive aheart fa: The diagnosis of congestive heart failure is mstly clinical with edema, shortness of breath, engorged neck veins, liver enlargement and rales in lungs on auscultation. Xray chest, bnp test on blood elevated is done some times and resting echocardiogram is helpful in defining the ejection fraction and other imaging.So resting echo will be helpful along with all others. ...Read more
Atherosclerosis develops in our coronaries and can cause damage to heart.
Some other diseases damage heart as well!
viral, rheumatic, infections etc
when enough muscle damage has happened, then heart failure, poor pumping, and congestion will occur- called CHF congestive heart failure. ...Read more
I had a heart attack and congestive heart failure and ever since then I stay cold all the time. Feels like deep inside to the bone. Any reason?
Boyfriend is in congestive heart failure, heart functioning at 5%, pumping fluid off organs now, too weak to survive heart attack/stroke. Prognosis?
79. dementia. Congestive heart failure. Extreme agitation. Fell. Now at care home giving Lirazipam and Tramodol is this ok? She is having jerking...
Please repost: It looks like your post cut off before it was complete. Also please clarify: Is WHAT okay? ...Read more
I have congestive heart failure my doctor says I hav one and three fourths arteries blocked and put me on medication and won't do anything else what would you recomend?
Fluid in the tissues, either caused by something local to the swollen area like an injury or inflammation, or from the body's retention of water. Gravity brings the fluid to the feet & legs in that case. As a general rule, if one foot is swollen, something is wrong with the foot. If both feet are swollen, it's not the feet, but water ...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
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