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What is the longest you know someone who has survived with congestive heart failure?

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Dr. Samuel Hahn
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
7 doctors agree

In brief: Too little info

Congestive heart failure (CHF) is in many ways a generic term - it is more of a symptom than a diagnosis.
Someone suffering with CHF typically has shortness of breath, fatigue and fluid build up in the lung tissue. The root cause of CHF will determine the prognosis. Some causes of CHF include inherited muscle diseases (cardiomyopathy), coronary artery disease (heart attacks), kidney faliure, etc.

In brief: Too little info

Congestive heart failure (CHF) is in many ways a generic term - it is more of a symptom than a diagnosis.
Someone suffering with CHF typically has shortness of breath, fatigue and fluid build up in the lung tissue. The root cause of CHF will determine the prognosis. Some causes of CHF include inherited muscle diseases (cardiomyopathy), coronary artery disease (heart attacks), kidney faliure, etc.
Dr. Samuel Hahn
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Dr. Evan Allen
Family Medicine
5 doctors agree

In brief: Many Years

I personally have many patients who have survived for many years with congestive failure.
However, this disease is very serious and must be treated and monitored very frequently. Diet, fluid and weight management and proper lifestyle make a huge difference for patients with this diagnosis.

In brief: Many Years

I personally have many patients who have survived for many years with congestive failure.
However, this disease is very serious and must be treated and monitored very frequently. Diet, fluid and weight management and proper lifestyle make a huge difference for patients with this diagnosis.
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Dr. Irv Loh
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Decades

Modern treatment has changed the game completely, but requires seeing a heart failure specialist.
Also strongly dependent of cause of heart failure, e.g., coronary disease, viral, hypertensive, drug induced, valvular, metabolic, inflitrative, etc., and whether there are reversible components. Need to see a physician who manages heart failure; ask your doctor to whom he would send his mother.

In brief: Decades

Modern treatment has changed the game completely, but requires seeing a heart failure specialist.
Also strongly dependent of cause of heart failure, e.g., coronary disease, viral, hypertensive, drug induced, valvular, metabolic, inflitrative, etc., and whether there are reversible components. Need to see a physician who manages heart failure; ask your doctor to whom he would send his mother.
Dr. Irv Loh
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Dr. Edgar Lichstein
Symptomatic Heart Failure can be present,off and on, for many years.Usually they develop symptoms of shortness of breath when then go off their diet and eat too much salt.If they note their weight increasing and take diuretics the patient usually feels better and may continue like this for many years.
Dr. Cynthia Thaik
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Depend on class

Four classes of heart failure - class i or extremely mild heart failure has very limited symptoms and if properly treated, could have normal life expectancy.
Someone in class IV failure has severe symptoms and could have as high as 50% ) months mortality rate.

In brief: Depend on class

Four classes of heart failure - class i or extremely mild heart failure has very limited symptoms and if properly treated, could have normal life expectancy.
Someone in class IV failure has severe symptoms and could have as high as 50% ) months mortality rate.
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Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 13 years

13 years! well treated and closely monitored, heart failure patients can lead reasonably active and healthy lifestyles.

In brief: 13 years

13 years! well treated and closely monitored, heart failure patients can lead reasonably active and healthy lifestyles.
Dr. Luis Villaplana
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