Patient Comments: Congestive Heart Failure - Symptoms

For congestive heart failure, what were the symptoms and signs you experienced?

Published: July 02

I first noticed it when I enrolled in a line dancing class. The first two dance steps were alright. Then the pace picked up a bit and I found it hard to breathe. Eventually during the third dance I had to stop and stand against the wall to calm my heartbeat. It felt like it was going ninety miles an hour. And it was, as I find out more about CHF, my heart was trying desperately to pump more oxygen to my brain.

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Published: June 27

i had congestive heart failure (cardiomyopathy) 7 1/2 yrs. ago and it triggered my kidney's to fail, is that normal?

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Published: June 19

Hands and legs swelling thick and foamy saliva hard to breath sick to my stomach and bad muscle spasms.

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Published: June 04

Shortness of breath, unable to lay down without congestion and coughing, pain in stomach.

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Published: June 03

I have swelling of the legs and ankles and trouble breathing and fatigue with insomnia.

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Published: May 27

I have swelling of my lower legs ankles and feet also heaviness in the chest.

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Published: May 23

I have had swelling of the legs, shortness of breath, and abdominal pain.

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Comment from: daiseyann, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 06

Hello. I am a 54 yr. old female and I am morbidly obese. I am a type 2 diabetic. I am always tired and can't catch my breath. I do something around the house and then I have sit to catch my breath. I constantly have the feeling of a cement block sitting on my chest. My oxygen level at the doctors when sitting is 93 while walking I don't know. My legs and feet are so swollen that I have a hard time walking.

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Comment from: Claudean, Female (Caregiver) Published: October 06

Every evening I would get chills from the inside out. Shake all over, cover up, use hot towels, electric blanket, and wear gloves. I have a very bad heart and have been told by my doctor, there is nothing else to be done. Sometimes when I am chilling, my fever runs to 101 - 102 degrees, and I vomit. This happens every evening, or sometimes earlier in the day. What do you think about this, and do you know of anyone who experiences anything like this?

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Comment from: mdsman, 65-74 Male (Caregiver) Published: October 06

I was just diagnosed today with CHF. When the physician was finished with me and gave me a list of medications he wanted me to take. I scanned the list and said, “this looks like an old persons list of medications". I am an assessment nurse and very familiar with the common diseases of the elderly. I am 67 years old with a family history of CHF, my Mom, Dad, and Sister have it. I am not surprised. I will make the changes I need to make and continue to work.

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