Patient Comments: Congestive Heart Failure - Symptoms

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

Comment from: skippy, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 06

It is always comforting to know that there are other people like you out there. Last fall I had a severe lung inflammation. It took away my voice and the strength of my muscles, that when it was time to take me to the emergency, I had to be carried in by my husband. I had been treated for a chest cold, etc. but, nothing worked for me. Then this past February I had a heart attack, possibly side effects for the steroid I had been put on for my lungs. Anyway, I am recovering, but still do have trouble with my breathing and loss of breath sometimes, especially at the end of the day, and of course I don't have my full energy back. I get rather frustrated and depressed at times. What can one do, but have patience.

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Comment from: jillz66, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 06

I experienced shortness of breath during and after movement and sweating after eating or movement. I was hospitalized last Febuary for CHF.

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Comment from: peaches, 55-64 Male (Caregiver) Published: September 25

My brother in law was diagnosed with congestive heart failure. He has had asthma due to allergies all of his life. He could not breathe and his ankles were swollen. He thought it was a fall-time allergy, and went to the hospital.

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Comment from: RosW, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 25

I had extreme tiredness and no energy. I had a mild heart attack in 2006 and surgery on carotid arteries 2008.

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Comment from: Believe6406, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 11

I had a massive heart attack at age 43 in June of 2006. I was shocked once and brought back. About three months after that, it was difficult walking up my stairs, out to my car, at the supermarket, etc. It was as if I had run a marathon.

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