What happens in the heart of CHF patients?

See Below. Increased pressure and/or increased volume leading to a dilated or thickened heart. This is a gradual process which is why early detection and intervention (diagnosis and medication) can make a significant difference.
Muscle weakness. It's a reduce efficiency of the myocardium. The pump function to supply oxygenated blood to the body do not work well. Due to direct damage to the heart or overloading. Can be classify as systolic vs dyastolic chf, depending on the status if the heart muscle and the etiology. Example: systolic CHF due to chronic ischemic heart disease vs dyastolic CHF due to hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

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I had a patient w chf. Passed away yesterday massive heart attack. Could the chf. Caused the heart attack?

Yes. CHF Patients can go in for sudden heart attack especially if the ejection fraction was low & he had other co morbid conditions like bipolar for whici I presume he was taking medications. Read more...
Yes. CHF can lead to a heart attack. More likely, there is underlying heart disease (blockages in coronary arteries) which caused the CHF in the first place. Read more...

Can a thalassemia patient die from heart failure?

In severe cases... Heart failure is most commonly seen in those patients with beta-thal major. One of the main reasons for heart failure is that the heart gets damaged over time from iron overload, due to the many blood transfusions needed and the disease itself. There are medicines that can help with iron overload. It is essential to get care early from a hematologist to help with long and short term effects. Read more...

What types of patients gets congestive heart failure?

Several. Those with heart attack or coronary disease, leaking valves, hypertension, primary heart muscle disease (cardiomyopathy), anemia, overactive thyroid, chemotherapy, or itamin deficiency. Read more...
Few here. Patients with heart attacks and chronic coronary artery disease; patients with severe chronic valvular heart disease; patients with structural heart disease like hypertrophic cardiomyopathies; renal failure patients with fluid overload; connective tissue disease like lupus just to say few. Read more...

Is continuos medication required for congestive heart failure patients?

Depends. Usually, CHF pts will need to be treated daily for life but there are exceptions depending on the cause of the chf, the severity of the symptoms, and whther there were extraneous factors that caused a flare of symptoms. Please note: if this is about you, chewing tobacco is very dangerous in the presence of CHF (can precipitate dangerous arrhythmias). Read more...