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I had brokenheart syndrome my doctor decided to take me off heart failure meds 2 yrs. Later cause I'm not tolerating them its scary. What do I watch4?

Ask your doc! Seriously! not trying to be condescending, just encouraging communication. In meantime, check out http://www.Mayoclinic.Com/health/broken-heart-syndrome/ds01135, http://www.Heart.Org/heartorg/conditions/more/cardiomyopathy/is-broken-heart-syndrome-real_ucm_448547_article.Jsp & http://www.Webmd.Com/heart/features/broken-heart-syndrome-stress-cardiomyopathy. Look for chest pain & shortness of breath. Read more...
Ask your MD. "broken heart syndrome" is now known as takotsubo cardiomyopathy. This is a fairly common cause of poor heart function in younger adults. The good thing about it is that it is almost always completely reversible. So your doctor may have determined that your heart function has returned to normal and you no longer need the medications. All the more reason to stop medications you don't tolerate. Read more...

How do doctors treat heart failure?

Heart failure. first you would like to find out what caused the heart failure, to prevent it from progressing. e.g circulation blockage, uncontrolled hypertension etc. water pill is also commonly used to prevent fluid accumulating in the lungs/legs along with other medications. Read more...

How does a doc clinically differentiate respiratory failure from heart failure?

Not easy. A careful history, physical exam, underlying illnesses, ekg, chest xray, lab studies and possibly an echocardiogram and ct scan can all provide information that taken in aggregrate will suggest one diagnosis is predominant - though even with all this info it still occurs that both processes may be present and one may be driving the other. Only a trained physician can reasonably make sort this out. Read more...
Diagnosis... Heart failure is one of the causes of respiratory failure. Respiratory failure occurs when the body cannot properly take in oxygen and/or eliminate carbon dioxide. A blood gas test can determine if respiratory failure is present and then the specific cause can be diagnosed via physical exam, additional tests, etc. Respiratory failure can be life-threatening so see your doctor for treatment. Read more...

Doctor says part of heart is stiff and will not fill properly. Heart still pumps fine. Have been hospitalized for severe edema. Heart failure?

Diastolic failure. In order to do the best you can with diastolic heart failure, you need to take your medicines as order, follow a low salt diet, and get exercise as tolerated by you. In contrast to systolic heart failure, we don't have drugs which have proven to prolong life for this type of failure. Read more...

My dad is suffering with hernia by the groin, his doctor told us that he can't do anything since he is in heart failure and had a pace maker in place.

Hernia Surgery. that is not entirely true. That is a fairly low risk surgery usually done as an outpatient. I would consult with a surgeon to discuss his options and see his cardiologist for surgical clearance. Hope that helps. Read more...

Have pots. Today swollen painful abdomen and vibrating feelings. Doc didn't think aorta. Had normal post-viral echo 5 months ago but should I be concerned about heart failure? Or just kidney infection

Neither likely. In twenties female with pots & abnormal curvature of spine, symptoms of "abdominal swelling & vibration" absent diarrhea, fever & vomiting suggests intestinal gas. Pots occurs with greater frequency in women with joint hypermobility syndrome. Pots is likely an autonomic nervous system dysfunction. Read more...
Hard to know. Pots fits under the umbrella of med conditions called dysautonomia dysfunction of the autonomic nervous system the ANS affects respiration, heart rate, blood pressure regulation, digestion, hormone balance. If your ANS becomes disregulated, you can have fluctuations in any organ that it regulates. Your GI complaints maybe dysautonomia but impossible to know without a history and physical with pcp. Read more...
POTS. Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome ? There are many causes of pots. Dx if there is fall in BP when standing and releived by lying down. There are triggers like: drugs, fluid loss, cardiovascular, etc. Read more...
Unlikely . Unlikely heart failure if recent echo "completely" normal, though sometimes diastolic function is either missed or not appropriately interpreted on echoes. In rare cases, hf presents with isolated abdominal swelling, ascites, though most often with concomitant symptoms of dyspnea wih exertion and lower extremity edema...Unclear about the " vibrating feelings". Read more...