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What is congestive heart failure treatment for elderly?

What is congestive heart failure treatment for elderly?

Salt monitoring: Treatment consists of a good dietary regimen with monitoring of salt intake about 2000 mg salt per day. Second aspect pf therapy is pharmacologic therapy which will be individualised based on the type of heart faiure and other factors that your cardiologist will decide. ...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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What is diastolic heart failure, and how is it different from congestive heart failure?

What is diastolic heart failure, and how is it different from congestive heart failure?

Related: The heart has to squeeze effectively, but also has to be able to relax inbetween squeezing to allow adequate filling. If it can't relax that is considered diastolic heart failure. Congestive heart failure can be either systolic (the squeezing action) or diastolic (the relaxing function). Impairment of either one or both can lead to congestive heart failure. ...Read more

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What is the pathophysiology of congestive heart failure?

What is the pathophysiology of congestive heart failure?

Muscle or Vascular: It is ischemic or non-ischemic cardiomyopathy. It is either a vascular problem or a muscle problem. ...Read more

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What sort of disease is congestive heart failure (c.H.F.)?

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What sort of disease is congestive heart failure (c.H.F.)?

Serious if unmanaged: Heart failure has many causes and the prognosis varies with the particular cause and severity. Concurrent diseases may coexist with heart failure and add to the seriousness. Fortunately significant advances have been made that mitigate the disease and allow patients to have much improved quality and quantity of life. But one needs consultation with a heart failure specialist to sort it out. ...Read more

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What exactly is the outcome for someone 39 with congestive heart failure?

What exactly is the outcome for someone 39 with congestive heart failure?

CHF : The prognosis for a patient with CHF depends on the cause and severity of the chf. With modern treatment patients do much better than in the past but if the CHF is severe and has a cause with poor treatment options then the prognosis can be grim. ...Read more

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What is done for congestive heart failure?

What is done for  congestive heart failure?

>>Tx the Causes<<: Since the primary cause is atherosclerosis >> coronary artery disease (even if lumens look ok on angiography) >> reduced blood flow & heart muscle damage, aggressively treat the factors driving atherosclerosis [lipoproteins (not cholesterol) blood sugar, bp, etc. To abnormally healthy levels], remove excess body water, keep BP low nl, treat with acei (aceon (perindopril) 1 of best) & carvedilol, exercise, etc. ...Read more

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What is the survival rate for renal failure & heart failure?

What is the survival rate for renal failure & heart failure?

Survival rates: More than half of those who develop CHF die within 5 years of diagnosis. Heart failure contributes to approximately 287, 000 u.S, deaths a year. Adjusted rates of all-cause mortality are 6.3–8.2 times greater for dialysis patients than for individuals in the general population. The answer to your question is difficult to give, as you did not give the age of the patient or any other information. ...Read more

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What are the interventions for congestive heart failure?

What are the interventions for congestive heart failure?

Multiple: Therapy for congestive heart failure can be divided into 3 categories: 1) medications which remove fluid (diuretics), making it easier for the heart pump (afterload reduction), or protect the heart (beta blocker), 2) devices such as biventricular pacemaker is which makes the heart work better, and 3) surgery to repair structural heart problems such as a leaking valve or a blocked coronary. ...Read more

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What is congestive heart failure?

What is congestive heart failure?

Weakened heart: A normal heart will eject (ef) about 60% of blood from main chamber (left ventricle) out aorta and feeds entire body with oxygenated blood. When this muscle chamber, size of fist, develops weakness of some of it's walls (heart attack, eg) or is constricted (pericarditis) etc, then it starts failing, ef decreases, backup pressure develops, fluid builds up in lungs or legs and CHF has occurred. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for left-sided heart failure?

What is the treatment for left-sided heart failure?

Heart failure: Left sided or systolic heart failure is treated with several meds including ace inhibitors, beta blockers and diuretics. Other meds such as spironolactone and arb, or angiotensin receptor blockers, can be added as allowed by blood pressure tolerates. ...Read more

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What are the treatments for congestive heart failure?

What are the treatments for congestive heart failure?

CHF: CHF treatment depends on the cause of the CHF. If its severe valve disease, valve surgery may be indicated. If its muscle disease then a bunch of medications are used, if its too much heart muscle and abnormal relaxation rather than contraction, then other steps are used, you have to have a cause to treat and then use what works with that kind of CHF ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for pulmonary edema if the person has heart failure?

Treatment...: One of the treatments for pulmonary edema caused by heart failure is diuretic therapy to rid the body of the excess fluid. This therapy needs to be prescribed by a physician and monitored very carefully, . ...Read more

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What is congestive heart failure? Symptoms .

What is congestive heart failure?  Symptoms .

Hrt StiffnessWeaknes: With increased stiffness &/or weakness of heart pumping (muscle &/or valve problems), brain reflexes ? thirst/water intake & ? water output from kidneys; thus body water increases driving congestion (edema). If heart function not too sick, the ? water/blood volume improves pump function; but no limit to the reflex & the increased water (edema) can fill the lungs (can't breath) & legs/body swells. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for congestive heart failure in salt sensitive people?

What is the treatment for congestive heart failure in salt sensitive people?

Multiple treatments: Salt restriction is obvious. Medication classes that may help (usually a combination of several is best) include the ace-i's, arb's, beta blockers, and aldosterone antagonists, and diuretics. The choice of treatments will be determined by contributing factors such as valvular problems, coronary disease, rhythm disturbances, kidney function, etc. Any remediable causes should be treated. ...Read more

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What are the chances of congestive heart failure for teenagers?

Possible: Teenagers can develop congestive heart failure though it is fortunately not common. It can occur because of a congenital defect of the heart. Also certain infections (usually viral) can lead to heart failure. And certain medications can result in heart failure. However, the incidence of heart failure in teenagers is very very small. ...Read more

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What is done for someone with congestive heart failure?

What is done for someone with congestive heart failure?

It depends on : The underlying cause. Medical therapy is extremely effective. However the underling cause as well as symptoms drive therapy. See your doctor or cardiologist to plan your treatment. ...Read more

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Is there cure for a right heart failure and enlargement of the heart disease?

Is there cure for a right heart failure and enlargement of the heart disease?

Right heart failure: Unfortunately there is no cure but it can be contained or controlled with appropriate medications. Right heart failure typically has dependent edema, liver enlargement and increased jugular venous pulsations. ...Read more

Prognosis (Definition)

The prognosis is the predicted outcome or "forecast" for a disease or process. It is only an estimate but is likely based on past experience or data taking into account the individual's overall health status. It may suggest progression of disease ...Read more


Dr. Bennett Werner
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Congestive Heart Failure (Definition)

A condition in which the heart muscle is weakened and cannot supply the body with ...Read more