My father died of heart failure, what it the chance I will have the same fate?

Not much. If your father's hear failure was due to a hereditary cardimyopathy and you have inherited it, then changes are high. His physician can advise you how to tell. Most heart failure is due to poorly-managed high blood pressure over years, or damage to the muscle from coronary artery disease, less often valve disease. While you're young, you can take steps to diminish your risk.
Avoid the cause. What caused his heart failure. If th cause of his problem can be avoided, the consequences need not develop. Among the causes of heart failure are heart attacks, valvular disease, alcoholic heart disease, nutritional deficiencies, high blood pressure, viral or other infections of the heart muscle, toxic effects of certain medications, etc. Treatment can often slow the progression of heart failure.

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My father died had of a heart attack, and I believe my great grandpa did too on my moms side. What are the best ways to avoid heart failure for myself?

Control risk factors. Heart attack and heart failure are different. Ha can lead to hf. As you realize your risks are higher. Knowing the potential problem is the first step. Exercise (resistance and cardio), weight control, and no smoking are important. The proper diet is important. Cut out sugar and eat a balanced diet in protein complex carbs and health fats. Find a good doctor you can trust and work w/them. Read more...
General health. General healthy lifestyle including well-rounded diet, lots of exercise (doesn't matter what kind) and no drugs/smoking, only moderate alcohol are helpful for heart health. With a strong family history even a very young person, ie. 20 should get their cholesterol checked at least once. Read more...

What is left sided heart failure and is it fatal?

Fluid backup to lung. Left-sided heart failure results in fluid buildup in the lungs and causes shortness of breath. This can be a result of problems with the mitral valve. If this is the case, correction of the valvular disease can arrest progression of the disease.Typically, over time, the right heart will also fail. Read more...

Holter shows 17, 000 pvcs. Ep says do nothing, meds, or ablation. Father of 2, now scared about future heart failure/surgery. Should I be worried?

VPCs. Vpcs have many possible causes and meanings. Many times they do not need to be treated even if very frequent. The ep physicians are specialists in rhythm and should be well qualified to judge whether treatment is indicated. You should discuss with the ep and ask for explanation and if needed reassurance as the ep has the most information about you. Read more...

My friend was jogging and he collapsed and died due to heart failure. Hewas very fit. What could be reason for this?

Hypertrophic cardiom. A young athlete jogging and collapsing of "heart failure" is likely due to hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Born with a genetic mutation causing thickening of the heart muscles and then typically with no warning an arrhyhtmic death. Other causes may be congenital abnormality of the coronary artery such that it traverses between aorta and PA, squeezed, leading to death. But this not heart failure... Read more...

Congestive heart failure - appeared to have died my dad died in front of me, my mom and boyfriend nov. 6th, 2011. We lost him of congestive heart failure with no warning. He was coughing, throwing up and then got dizzy and sat down. He fell off of what he

This . This is also similar to the answer that i provided about the tendency of the body to have a reflex when all voluntary activities are no longer controllable. In the setting of chf, there is also an increase in the blood pressure to the blood vessels supplying the blood flow to the inner aspects of the lung; these blood vessels are small, and fragile and not uncommonly can rupture during CPR causing bleeding within the airspaces of the lung which after some period of time may come up through the mouth (usually as one applies pressure on the chest during CPR it causes an increase in the pressure within the chest, causing any fluid in the lung to surface). I do not believe that your father was aware of what was happening, and he certainly was not in pain or suffering. Read more...
Heart attack. What you described is acute pulmonary edema and cardiogenic shock. This is caused by a massive acute heart attack where the heart suddenly stop pumping , fluid rapidly accumulates in the lungs and blood pressure falls as cardiac output drops. This is the most dreaded complication of a heart attack and unfortunately it is frequently fatal. Read more...