Patient Comments: Congestive Heart Failure - Symptoms

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

Comment from: Forever3k, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: May 15

I'm 19 years old and was diagnosed with CHF when I was 17 – a couple months before my 18th birthday. I became really sick, with lots of vomiting. I'd stopped being active, gained lots weight, and started swelling. I had fluid in my lungs and went to the ER, where I was then admitted me to a large children's hospital. Since then, I've been on all kinds of medications – fluid pills, baby aspirin, and blood pressure pills. I feel that none of them do anything. The fluid pills just make me pee a lot. I still have swollen feet and experience shortness of breath, but not all of the time. I used to work in a refinery and would climb 75 steps in four flights of stairs, and would have to stop and catch my breath. But I still got to the top. Other than that, nothing else has happened. I don't see my doc for another three months. The only thing that really bothers me is that my feet blow up like balloons, which makes me not want to go anywhere because it's really noticeable.

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Comment from: Zoche, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 22

Recently, I was hospitalized for a week. When I entered, my blood pressure was very low and I was anemic. I have been suffering from swollen legs and ankles. My blood pressure goes up and down even though I'm on three blood pressure medications. I have lupus, but it has never affected my heart. I am experiencing extreme fatigue and when I do normal activities I sweat profusely. I have had several bouts with pneumonia and asthma. I had two heart catheters, which showed no blockage. Upon discharge, the hospital gave me information about congestive heart failure. The doctors never even discussed this with me. What should I do?

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Comment from: 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 09

My feet swelled and I went to the doctors he gave me 60 mg. of Lasix I lost 15 lbs. in a week. My husband has brain cancer and I couldn't take my pills every day since I was his driver. Finally I couldn't breath, my feet were like balloons. I went to the emergency room and was diagnosed with CHF and blood clots in my leg and lungs. Two weeks in hospital and 3 weeks of physical therapy I still am on Lasix and my feet are still swollen and I'm still huffing and puffing on oxygen 24 hrs. a day. I'm hoping that my next visit to the doctors will see an improvement. I don't want to spend the rest of my life hooked up to oxygen. Last year I had a pacemaker put in due to a heart rate that would be between 40 and 197 that they couldn't control with medication. I've never been healthy since.

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Comment from: Dave, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: September 09

I am 46 years old. After losing over 100 pounds, I was diagnosed with diabetes, then lost a toe, after all this I started retaining fluid gaining 70 pounds in three months. I went to my family Dr. he treated me for allergies. I got a second opinion and was diagnosed with CHF. With the fluid retention I also have shortness of breath; I sleep in the recliner now. I have night sweats and no energy I want to sleep all the time.

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Published: July 28

I have been very recently diagnosed with congestive heart failure. My signs and symptoms mainly consisted of shortness of breath, but it was more like gasping for air, and there was a lot of wheezing. Turns out it wasn't wheezing at all, but fluid in my lungs. Saw my doctor and she treated me for what she believed was either asthma and/or emphysema. When I demanded a chest x ray after 3 weeks of this, I was told to go to the ER, where they did a chest x ray and discovered fluids in my lungs. The next few days in the hospital required many tests such as more chest x rays, an echocardiogram, EKGs, and a CT scan with and without contrast. After 2 days on Lasix and steroids, I apparently released 10 lbs of fluids in my lungs, 10 lbs! More than a gallon of water. I am feeling much better breathing wise, but I have a long road ahead of me. My next step is a heart catheterization.

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