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Why would it be difficult to start an IV on a CHF and COPD patient?

Why would it be difficult to start an IV on a CHF and COPD patient?

Not related: Some people have good veins, some have very small and fragile veins, some have used up their veins. There is nothing particular to COPD and CHF to make difficult IV access. ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Werner
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Congestive Heart Failure (Definition)

Congestive heart failure, 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 sufficent oxygen and nutrients. When the left side of the heart is damaged, fluid builds up in the lungs, which results in difficulty breathing. When the right side of the heart is affected, fluid builds up in the extremities and abdomen, resulting in swelling of the legs and poor absorption of nutrients due to ...Read more


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Why might it be that it be difficult to start an IV on CHF and COPD patient?

Why might it be that it be difficult to start an IV on CHF and COPD patient?

Congestive failure: Usually it is easy to start ivs on CHF and cold patients. It may be difficult if the veins are scarred from prior ivs or if the patient is dehydrated. ...Read more

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Why is it more difficult to start an IV on CHF and COPD patient?

Why is it more difficult to start an IV on CHF and COPD patient?

Not necessarily: In any one with poor veins it is difficult to access. People with low BP and collapsed veins, it is even more difficult. ...Read more

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If a patient has COPD and CHF can you give them albuterol?

If a patient has COPD and CHF can you give them albuterol?

YES: If CHF is, stable, compensated and albuterol has to be used yes. There are alternatives, to try and stabilize COPD with maintenance medications so one doesn't need to use rescue albuterol too often.(inhaled steroids, laba's). ...Read more

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Can CHF cause me to have any COPD disease?

Can CHF cause me to have any COPD disease?

No: CHF can cause pulmonary edema, when lungs fill up with fluid, but usually is the other way around with COPD causing CHF. ...Read more

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What to do if my hubby with CHF & COPD prognosis?

What to do if my hubby with CHF & COPD prognosis?

Your doc knows best: the specifics needed to answer your question really will take more than a small blurb here. you should review this with your treating PCP or cardiologist. ...Read more

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What can I do to help my dad who has CHF and copd?

What can I do to help my dad who has CHF and copd?

Avoid salt,push walk: Avoid as much salt as possible, and encourage to exercise. ...Read more

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If someone with COPD and CHF has constant reflux, what does it mean?

If someone with COPD and CHF has constant reflux, what does it mean?

Reflux: Having COPD and CHF certainly doesn't mean you can't also have reflux as they are not typically related.. Ironically, some of the medications used to treat COPD and CHF can worsen reflux. Reflux can worsen copd. ...Read more

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If a person with COPD and CHF has constant reflux, what does it mean?

If a person with COPD and CHF has constant reflux, what does it mean?

See below: There is a relation between asthma and reflux. People especially with adult asthma are more likely to have reflux. The relation is not well understood but perhaps the reflux of acid damages the lung tissue especially if the person also tends to aspirate into the lungs. Also nerves connected to the esophagus may due to reflux cause the airway to constrict. Lungs mirror the GI tract, someone said. ...Read more

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (Copd) (Definition)

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, otherwise known as COPD, may include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. Chronic bronchitis is the production of increased mucus caused by inflammation. Bronchitis is considered chronic if you cough and produce excess mucus for most days three months out of the year, two years in a row. Emphysema is a disease that damages the air sacs or the smallest breathing tubes in the lungs. COPD is commonly associated with smoking. ...Read more


Copd (Definition)

COPD may include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. Chronic bronchitis is the production of increased mucus caused by inflammation. Bronchitis is considered chronic if you cough and produce excess mucus most days for three months in a year, two years in a row. Emphysema is a disease that damages the air sacs and/or the smallest breathing tubes in the lungs. ...Read more