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Why does cardiologist recommend that my grandfather with CHF and an icd/pacemaker sleep with his head elevated above his heart? Thank you.
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Dr. Barton Butterbaugh
Family Medicine
5 doctors agree
In brief: Elevating HOB in CHF
Elevation of the head in a person with chf, just makes it mechanically easier to breath.

In brief: Elevating HOB in CHF
Elevation of the head in a person with chf, just makes it mechanically easier to breath.
Dr. Barton Butterbaugh
Dr. Barton Butterbaugh
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Dr. John Garner
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Prevent orthopnea
The cardiologist is trying to prevent or control one or both of the symptoms known as 1) orthopnea, where fluid buildup in the lungs causes shortness of breath when laying flat, or 2) paroxysmal nocturnal dyspnea - a waking several hours after going to sleep with sensations of choking or drowning.
Keeping the lungs above the heart uses gravity to keep wayward fluid elsewhere.

In brief: Prevent orthopnea
The cardiologist is trying to prevent or control one or both of the symptoms known as 1) orthopnea, where fluid buildup in the lungs causes shortness of breath when laying flat, or 2) paroxysmal nocturnal dyspnea - a waking several hours after going to sleep with sensations of choking or drowning.
Keeping the lungs above the heart uses gravity to keep wayward fluid elsewhere.
Dr. John Garner
Dr. John Garner
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Dr. Claude Parola
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Congestive heart
Since his heart is not strong enough to pump the blood out to the rest of his body, he recommneds that to prevent too much blood volume to accumulate with in the heart then causing shortness of breath because of back up of the blood to his lungs.
By raising the head of the bed gravity will pull some of the blood toward the lower part of his body but not to the heart.

In brief: Congestive heart
Since his heart is not strong enough to pump the blood out to the rest of his body, he recommneds that to prevent too much blood volume to accumulate with in the heart then causing shortness of breath because of back up of the blood to his lungs.
By raising the head of the bed gravity will pull some of the blood toward the lower part of his body but not to the heart.
Dr. Claude Parola
Dr. Claude Parola
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