Is it possible to have normal bnp and high c reactive protein in idcm and still have heart failure symptoms?

Yes. A normal bnp means that your left atrial pressure is low and but you can still have a low cardiac output and feel crummy from chf. High CRP doesn't correlate with CHF symptoms. Also, bnp is a range. Bnp of <10 is very low but bnp of 100 is "normal" but may be too high for someone with idcm. Also, there is a lag time: the bnp can be rising when symptoms are present.

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Is it normal to suffer from depression when you have dilated cardiomyopathy/heart failure? Not wanting to take more meds, any suggestions?

Not normal. No, it's not normal to be depressed with this condition or any other. Temporary sadness can certainly be "normal" -- but "depressed" is a more chronic, "stuck" condition that does not lift on its own. Also, psychotherapy can also be extremely helpful for depression. Medications may or may not be needed. You could begin working with a good therapist first, and see how things are with you. Read more...
Go out and live! It is not, but understandable. You may want to consider seeking some professional help from a psychologist or psychiatrist. It may save your live! Read more...

Why did I feel so good for 6 weeks after bi vent icd placement then heart failure symptoms returned? I have idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy.

BiV ICD. Sometimes the programming of the device needs to be changed or some other event has changed the relation of the device to the heart. Let your cardiologist know and the device can be analyzed to see if something can be done. Read more...
Multiple. New arrhythmias device intervals need to be readjusted medications needs to be adjusted device isn't pacing all the time ... .... Check with your doctors. Read more...

Can heart failure or low cardiac output be associated with protein deficiency and how to best recover? Bnp=300 & protein 5.8g/dl

Can. Low protein due to protein loss, malnutrition, or breakdown of protein is common amongst many chronic diseases, heart failure included. Treat your heart failure aggressively, eat well, exercise. Read more...
Heart failure . Right sided hf can lead to swelling of intestines and then poor nutrient absorption. This can go along with abdominal bloating. If this is happening or if you have difficulty breathing with exercise, you need more water taken off. I like to use (lots of) Aldactone (spironolactone) for this. Also check to see if you are losing protein in your urine. Read more...

Please explain compensated heart failure/ dilated cardiomyopathy.

Compensated = stable. Compensated heart failure means that the heart failure symptoms are controlled with medications (stable or not getting worse). It does not mean the heart failure has been cured. Dilated cardiomyopathy refers to ballooning of the left ventricle (main pumping chamber) which can result in heart failure as the function deteriorates. This is measured by the ejection fraction. Read more...
Fluid balance. Hello, with heart failure, heart is not able to pump enough blood forward so the rest goes back to lungs, abdomen and legs. Legs get swollen and lungs get filled with fluid. We tell patients to restrict fluid and salt intake and also pee out extra fluid out with medications. This will dry them or compensated stage. Decompensated stage is fluid overloaded stage. This fluid balance defines them. Read more...
Complex. One or more chambers of the heart becomes dilated (frequently from uncontrolled blood pressure, mi, or bad valves). The heart gradually becomes insufficient as a pump, usually because one side gets behind in it's work, then pressure rises within the heart, lungs, or peripheral circulation. Medication to improve the pump and/or reduce the volume to be pumped can compensate for the deficiency. Read more...

Can a biventricular icd reading show if heart failure is worse in someone with idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy? What would it show?

ICD. A biv icd is therapy for heart failure and poor left ventricular function. One of the types on the market has an impedance device in it which can predict changes in fluid status. All biv icds do not have this particular technology. Changes in chest impedance can indicate changes in fluid volumes in the chest and heart failure status. Read more...
May be, however, . The best option is to track the progression using multifunction cardiogram! http://en.M.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/multifunction_cardiogram. Read more...

What is the prognosis for a 51 year old with stage 3 heart failure from idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy? This was before bivent icd.

BiV changes everythi. Resynchronization with a bi-v pacemaker has changed the landscape. Have your ef rechecked several months after the implantation. It may be normal now. If so, your prognosis is excellent. Read more...

Can a virus or cold affect idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy/heart failure? Having worse trouble breathing and mucus tinged with blood. No swelling.

Yes! . An infection can affect your heart muscle function due to increased demand. In addition, you may have the heart itself infected. So be very careful, best luck! Read more...
Yes. The answer is yes but this is very uncommon you should have your doctor evaluate you an echocardiogram is the definitive test. Read more...

If echocardiogram, full blood count and BNP are normal & there has been no swelling, is heart failure unlikely, even if other symptoms are present?

Theres different. heart failures. But it is pretty unlikely with all of those being normal. High thyroid, severe thiamine deficiency, severe dehydration can cause heart failure but I think they would still show something (like elevated BNP). Read more...

I had a xray that showed upper normal limit size heart but my bnp results was normal showing no heart failure. Is this good sign ppcm is getting bette

Likely normal. Chest x-ray is not particularly great at assessing heart size (echo is better). so if you are asymptomatic, and only shows the upper normal limit of heart size on XR, I'd say don't worry about it. Different if you have symptoms though. Read more...