Patient Comments: Congestive Heart Failure - Causes

What are the underlying causes of your congestive heart failure?

Comment from: lacheekyone, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 11

I went on a road trip & did not take my diuretics because the restrooms are and few in between. As I result, during the drive home, I began experiencing chest pains & shortness of breath. Upon arriving home, the symptoms had worsened. I called my doctor and he ordered me to go to the hospital immediately. After treatment he told I had been experiencing Congestive Heart Failure & had almost died. So, I no longer take long road trips. If I can't fly there, I just don't go.

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Comment from: Kimberly, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 11

My name is Kimberly, I have read your CHF causes and I believe you missed mine. I did not get CHF from a disease I got mine from being pregnate with my 3rd child. I was told that it only happens once in a blue moon to a pregnate women, I carried full term to the day before due date, had her on a Tuesday (C-sec) went home on Friday spent 2 bad nights at home before finally going to ER on Sunday because every time I tried to lay down I would get right back up because my chest felt like something was weighing me down. Turns out my left lung was better than 3/4 full of fluid so they gave me shots to get fluid off.I went to potty 3x before they put a cath in, once that was done they got over 8 liters of fluid off me the 1st night. The next morning I was told that a human heart normally works 50 to 55 percent mine was on 25 and that it was a good thing I had a c-sec or I would have died during a natural birth of a massive heart attack and oh by the way your still not out of the woods because you only have a 50 50 chance of living. I was put on meds told I could not breast feed my baby anymore because of the meds. I asked to be worked off my meds after a year with the argument that I did not have a stroke or heart attack that my heart was a muscle that I could work back into shape, it was a long talk but they agreed to let me try if at first sign of it not working that I would go back on meds with no argument. I agreed and now I have been free of all my meds for about 9yrs. My daughter is about to be 11 she is happy, healthy and very active, if my health had to go bad for her to be healthy I'm ok with that but my question is even though I did not have a heart attack or stroke will I always be labeled as having CHF when I have not been on meds and my echo cardiogram is good? By the way I have not been to the doctors for anything other than a check up on my heart I am healthy,happy and very blessed to have my life to raise my 3 children myself.

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Comment from: Falcon, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 28

I was prescribed Phen-Fen (Probably spelled incorrectly) 15 years ago and developed three leaky heart valves. I've been dealing with cong. Heart symptoms ever since. Wheezing, edema, shortness of breath etc. I seem to be having to deal with pneumonia occasionally more now and when I do, I have no control over my urine and it is really excessive. I am on a high dose of diuretics. Any suggestions?

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Comment from: sad daughter, 75 or over Female (Caregiver) Published: April 16

My mother is 93 years old. She has had atrial fib for years and leaky valves treated with medication. She did not want to consider a surgical option. Recently, my father passed away and my mother basically began paying attention to her symptoms. She started with abdominal pain, and was diagnosed with a UTI and blood infection, which the hospital treated with IV antibiotics and sent her to a rehab facility. She is able to ambulate with a walker. Since she has been in rehab, she has been diagnosed with pneumonia, congestive heart failure, a UTI, and her legs are swollen like tree trunks. She is on IV antibiotics and IV Lasix. I was wondering if there anything that can be done to improve her congestive heart failure at this stage.

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Comment from: jerzeygalfl, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 02

My cardiomyopathy has been attributed to viral origin. I had a bad case of the flu last December, which went on forever. Finally, I was hospitalized, after getting a new doctor because I felt I was getting blown off with my concerns. The new doctor admitted me to the hospital within two weeks of seeing me. I'm still devastated with my diagnosis of severe cardiomyopathy and CHF.

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