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What Can My Family Member Do To Live A Longer Life With Pulmonary Hypertension
Pulmonary HTN: It truly depends on the cause of pulmonary htn. If it is idiopathic (no clear cause) they should be referred to a pulmonologist (or cardiologist) that is comfortable treating it. The treatments are somewhat new and not all specialists are comfortable treating it. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
A blood pressure reading has two numbers: a systolic blood pressure and a diastolic blood pressure. The systolic blood pressure is the maximum pressure the blood exerts on the vessels when the heart is beating. The diastolic blood pressure is the pressure the blood exerts on the vessels in between heartbeats. Hypertension, or high blood pressure, begins when the systolic blood pressure remains above 140 or when the diastolic blood pressure remains above 90. Hypertension can be a result of increased blood flow through vessels or increased resistance to ...Read more
How long can a person with CHF stage 2 live? Can they live a normal active life with medication and care?
It can vary: Many patients with heart failure can live quite a long and normal life because of the many great medicines we have now. All patients with heart failure should be on an ace inhibitor and a beta blocker (i prefer Coreg or toprol). There are other diurectics that can help such as aldactone (spironolactone). After medications, there may be a need for a bi ventricular pacemaker or a implantable defribillator. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What is my life expectancy if I'm 26 with a thyroid issue? Am I able to live a normal lifespan or shorter?
Type???: There are different types of pulmonary fibrosis, or scaring of the lungs. To determine the cause of the scaring, a biopsy of the affected lung should be obtained and can be done via bronchoscopy. A ct scan of the chest is obtained first. Once these test are done by a lung doctor, then a more definitive diagnosis can be made and treatment outlined. ...Read more
Sex function varies: The definition of a quality sexual relationship varies for each individual couple. If you are specifically asking about the ability of your husband to have and maintain an erection, then this depends upon his primary disease. For example, diabetic patients frequently have kidney failure and also impotence from the same etiology. Your physician can prescribe medications, such as viagra, (sildenafil) that help. ...Read more
Help please! when someone has a heart transplant can they live with the new heart to an elderly age?
Yes: However, before deciding on a heart transplant (i assume for a very weak heart), that is a very serious surgery, the transplant specialist will offer several other treatments and procedures to improve heart failure. Please, pay attention to what they are offering and follow their advise very closely to improve your chances. ...Read more
Can you tell me how is life after icd implant in people with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy in new delhi.?
New Delhi?: I've never been in New Delhi, so I can't comment on life there. Other than feeling a chunk of equipment in the shoulder where the ICD is implanted, life should be unchanged. If it EVER goes off, you'll be alive (whereas without it, you would be dead). Think of it as a guardian angel sitting on your shoulder. ...Read more
Emphasize normality: Depending upon the severity of the heart disease, there may be physical limitations. Try to emphasize what they can do rather than what they cannot. Most children recognize their limitations and do not require reminders. They should be allowed to be children. They also require the same discipline that children without heart disease require. ...Read more
No: Only god knows the answer to that question. There are several factors, however, that suggest that an individual may be at increased risk for serious complications. These should be discussed with a cardiologist. There are procedures that can be performed to help improve the aortic valve function. ...Read more
Multiple reasons: Better education leads to better jobs with better access to health care, and health insurance. Better education equates with a healthier lifestyle, better nutrition, less smoking, less obesity, more physically active, less stress, safer neighborhoods. All these factors contribute to life span. ...Read more
Untreated PAH: As pulmonary arterial hypertension (pah) progresses, the increased pressure causes the right side of the heart to enlarge, weaken, and eventually fail. Left untreated, the median survival for pah patients is 2.8 years, and 50 percent of patients diagnosed with pah die within five years. With treatment, progression of pah can be slowed and quality of life maintained; however, the average 5-year sur. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can you live a ful healthy life with gastroparesis when diagnosed at age 20some. Are there meds to help me and my friends with pots have gastroparesis?
Wanted to know where can I find a diet plan for congestive heart failure and renal disease combined?
Can you tell me what to expect with someone who has had a family member die of brain death/cardiac arrest?
Grieving: The death of a loved one usually triggers grieving. The person may feel disbelief. Try to barter with god. Be angry. Be sad. At some point acceptance will come. This is a time to provide support. ...Read more
You decide: Some people have confidence in a faith tradition, &/or have had or trust others accounts of paranormal experiences that give hope of survival. Others resolve to be brave, accept mortality, remember the good times, engage in customary mourning rituals, and understand that the attacks of grief will feel like blows to the soul but will become less with time. Talk to your friends. ...Read more
I wonder if my mom would qualify for a heart transplant. She has copd, chf, a diabetic and fluid on the lungs. Just thinking of ways to save her life.?
Unlikely: As you have described your mother it is unlikely she could tolerate the rigors of a heart transplant. Each institution has guidelines for appropriate candidates for transplantation to maximize the success of such a scarce resource. You could check this through their websites. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I would like to know if anyone lives with a spouse with erectile disorder and how they cope. Can it be treated?
Elevated blood pressure in the lungs that can be a primary problem or due to other causes. The right side of the heart pumps blood to the lungs and if the blood pressure in the lungs is elevated, the right side of the heart can fail. Pulmonary hypertension can be difficult to diagnose and usually requires echocardiography ...Read more
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