Patient Comments: Congestive Heart Failure - Treatment

What was the treatment for your congestive heart failure?

A Doctor's View on Congestive Heart Failure Treatment

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Congestive heart failure treatment may involve medications like ACE inhibitors, beta blockers, and water pills (diuretics). Lifestyle changes are also helpful. In some cases, surgery including heart transplantation or the placement of a mechanical assist device, biventricular pacemaker, or a cardioverter-defibrillator may be necessary. Read the entire Doctor's View

Comment from: SVEN, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: November 07

I am 81. Nine years ago I had open heart surgery quadruple bypass and pacemaker installed. Now I have stage 4 CHF but only experiencing shortness of breath. Along with a variety of medications I take 160 mg of Lasix daily plus a 3.5 mg of diuretic metolazone a week. The doctor says the heart muscle stiffening but I could live another 1 to 2 years.

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Comment from: tmutty, 75 or over Male (Caregiver) Published: November 30

A very valued friend age 101 suffered a heart attack following bout of pneumonia. The heart valve is apparently miniscule. Aside from diet restricting volume of liquids and absence of sodium and cautious exercise, are there any other suggestions that will hopefully enable this friend to celebrate his 102nd birthday on February 20, 2012. Incidentally, his mind continues to be very sharp.

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Comment from: mikey, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: July 12

i was diagnosed with CHF and afib at age 56. at age 57, i rec'd an ICD/pacemaker as my EF was averaging 30-35%. My 1st ICD lasted 4 years exactly as the pacemaker was running about 47% of the time with a threshold of 60bpm. The new unit was installed, set to single lead and threshold lowered to 50bpm - which caused a little dizziness the first few weeks but doctors think my new unit should last 6 years or so. In the meantime, at age 60, while I have good and bad days, my EF has improved to 35-40% on the last 2 tests. They think its due to positive response to the meds- nothing exotic just the usual beta blockers (big doses in my case), digoxin, fenofibrate, a diuretic, and warfarin. I can walk 9 holes of golf at SOME courses - not all but slowly I feel I'm getting a little control back

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Comment from: Elizabeth, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 01

I have been recently diagnosed to congestive heart failure. I'm not sure what to expect. I have a cough and wheezing now but it's mild and the flu is going around. I'm not sure what is what anymore. I am very new to this.

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Comment from: DrHeartHope, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: September 24

At age 51, my decline from heart failure was so rapid that a heart transplant was discussed. But there wasn't time for that either, so instead an LVAD was implanted. I did not want a transplant so I began a search of holistic approaches to reversing heart failure. It led me on a three pronged path of hormone therapy, nutritional supplements and a nutrient-dense diet. My heart healed, even though the odds given to me were only one percent, and my LVAD was removed. I am back to life on my own heart. I have written a book about my journey and my path to health and now speak to groups about alternate therapies for illness.

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Comment from: carla, 65-74 Male (Caregiver) Published: September 24

My father is 71 years old. He had a massive heart attack 8 years ago which destroyed part of the back of his heart. They say they can poke it with a needle and the needle will bend. He has 5 stents in his heart. He had a 2 defibrillator/pacemaker implanted in Dec 2011, since then he has had a femoral bypass, and has A-fib. He was already taking Lasik and potassium as part of his daily regimen of medication. He has had 3 episodes in the past weeks of panting and hunting for air. We thought it was due to A-fib, he was in the hospital last week for 4 days, CHF. His Lasik and potassium were not increased. I cannot imagine him finishing his final time here short of breath, even while breathing/talking, no energy, etc. I cry thinking about it. He used to be so active, going here and there. He is also diabetic, has one kidney and his BP is controlled with 3 medications. He is a mess.

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