Patient Comments: Congestive Heart Failure - Prognosis

What was your congestive heart failure prognosis?

Comment from: 75 or over Female (Caregiver) Published: January 11

My mother (88 years) was just diagnosed with congestive heart failure. Perfectly healthy otherwise. Not on any medications. She had little shortness of breath and said her chest felt a little heavy. She was admitted to the hospital. She had high blood pressure and was put on bp medication.

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Comment from: mistytrees, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 22

I was diagnosed with congestive heart failyr prognosis when I was a teenager. I had Rheumatic Fever and was told I would not live past my 30's. I am now 71. I have the classic symptoms of leg and foot swelling especilly in the left limb. I tire easily, and my fingers turn blue. Strenuous exercise has always been difficult. I am prone to Bronchitis. But then I am 71.

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Comment from: still going, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: February 14

I was 34 when diagnosed. Spent one week in ICU another week on the floor. I'm told that I'm a category four but believe I'm a three or three plus. I've had this for two years and am still in good health all things considered. I have had little improvement in heart function, both valves on the left leak. I'm on several meds that all help. When I first came out of the hospital I was tired all the time. I was useless for anything. I started with slow exercise and worked my way up as my body would allow. Now I'm quite active and do very well, but there's one catch. Diet, when they say limit salt and fluid, I did. 1200 or less mg of sodium and 2000ml or less of fluid. This changed everything. To the lady that wants to swim you'll get there but you have to watch sodium from all sources, watch fluid and restart exercise. It will take a while but you can do it. Good luck. Gotta go I have an appointment with a bike for 45 minutes.

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Comment from: Ada Ibe, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: February 11

It just started like a mere chest pain till it developed to a very severe one. I have never smoked, drank alcohol, or engaged into things that could affect my heart and no family related diseases. I get tired with any slightest thing I do yet, I look so strong that doctors don't believe that I am the one sick. Sometimes, it looks as if I have lost my breath. I am tired of this development even, when I am 30 years old.

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Comment from: sweetpotato, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 04

I am a 60 year old female and I was in the hospital for three weeks because I could not breathe only when I walked. When I was still, I could breath fine. They told me I have congestive heart failure and I am on furosemide (a water pill) and ACE Inhibitors. Today, I am feeling weak and I want to go swimming indoors. I can't because I am so weak. I can breathe ok but I can't exercise. I clean my house and then I get so tired I have to sit down and rest. I am angry at my illness because I don't want to rest. I want to go places and not stay home. There is not much more the doctor can do for me. Well, today I am not staying home. I am going out. Why do I have this illness? I asked my doctor and he said he did not know why I have this. I have never smoked or drank in my entire life. I am not overweight and I don't have diabetes. I don't want to stay home. I want to go places like I used to.

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Comment from: Bella, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 27

Doctor really had no prognosis-told me my heart would always be weaker. My CHF was idiopathic (unknown) and probably viral. Never smoked, drank, or did any drugs. I am in good health and no family history. I think it had something to do with menopause but nobody knows!

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Comment from: heartfail06, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: January 25

I have been diagnosed with Class 4 heart failure. I am not bed ridden, but my days are full of struggles. My ef is 22% left ventrical dysfunction. I am on medications and on oxygen 24 hours a day. I have been told there is no cure for my heart condition. I have cardiomyopathy from an unknown cause. I also have a pacemaker for irregular heartbeat, and do not work.

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