How much time can pass between heart failure and defibrillation in order to survive?

Seconds to a minute. Research has shown that the chance of survival decreases by 10% with every minute that passes from the onset of ventricular fibrillation to defibrillation. Therefore, it is crucial to get an AED or ems asap if someone is collapsed. In the interim, vigorous CPR (100 compression a minute) can be lifesaving.

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I'm wondering how much time can one have between heart failure and defibrillation in order to survive?

Depends. For a new diagnosis of heart failure, with normal arteries, one has to assess the heart function after 3-9 months of therapy prior to deciding on the need for a defibrillator. Sometimes we use a liefevest for that period of time. Read more...

Timeframe between heart failure and defibrillation?

May not happen. Heart failure generally refers to dysfunction in the pumping action of the heart (various types exist). Defibrillation is basically an electric shock designed to "reset/restart" the conduction system of the heart (during an arrhythmia). Heart failure increases risk of arrhythmia, but doesn't guarantee it will happen. Live healthy, follow tx & doctor's recc's , and hopefully it won't happen. Read more...

Heart failure at 55. Can I work full time?

Yes. Depending on the extent of the heart failure and how you feel. If you are able to do most day-to-day jobs and provided your work is not overly exerting then you should be able to recover much of your function. It also depends on the cause of the heart failure, and the type. Take the right medications (beta blockers, ace-inhibitors, aldactone) and talk to your cardiologist. Read more...

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...