Congestive Heart Failure Questions

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  1. Are Swelling Feet in Someone Who's Bed-Bound a Sign of Impending Death?

    No, swelling isn't necessarily a sign of imminent death. In a bed-bound person, newly detected swelling is more likely due to one of the typical causes of edema. These can include:
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  2. Should I Worry About Swollen Feet or Legs in an Older Person?

    Swelling of the feet, which is very common in older adults, can be a warning sign but most often is due to garden-variety aging of the leg veins. Whether to worry generally depends on:
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  3. Which Stage of Heart Failure Am I In?

    The stages of heart failure are determined by how much shortness of breath you have, related to the amount of activity you can do without symptoms. For instance, some people can completely take care of themselves, such as dressing or bathing, with minimal shortness of breath. This would be Stage 1...
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  4. Is congestive heart failure hereditary?

    Congestive heart failure (CHF) is not really a hereditary condition. However, many of the diseases that can cause CHF do run in families. Examples of diseases that can lead to CHF and are hereditary include heart valve abnormalities, coronary artery disease, and hypertension (high blood pressure)....
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  5. Is a symptom of congestive heart failure coughing blood?

    Coughing up blood (hemoptosis) is usually not associated with CHF. More than likely, people will cough up blood if they are really coughing hard and are taking too much blood thinner medication. Blood can also come from the lungs, but it is usually darker in color (like rust). Also, you may also...
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  6. Could my mother's CHF symptoms simply be sporadic or should we call the doctor?

    In your letter, you sound concerned about the chest pains your mother had. I am sure you are thinking she is having a heart attack! However, if she is having short bursts of pain, it is more likely to be related to angina, which is a chronic condition. Angina is chest pain that will go away, and ...
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  7. Is congestive heart failure hospice treatment premature?

    I am glad that your father is doing better. It sounds like the medications they are using have really helped him.
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  8. What does "pacing" in regards to a pacemaker mean?

    Pacemakers are really wonderful devices. They closely monitor the heart, and when the heart does not keep up to a certain number of heartbeats, it will send a tiny electrical charge to make your heart beat for you (pacing). Common reasons pacemakers are used are when a person's heart beats very sl...
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  9. What causes swollen feet?

    Many things can cause swelling of the feet. This swelling can be mild or extreme, depending on the degree of the problem causing it.
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  10. Is there a connection between blunt chest trauma and heart problems?

    First of all glad to hear you did not experience any head or spine trauma after your accident. Heart problems after blunt chest trauma are common especially when broken ribs are involved. The heart lies very close to the rib cage and an injury to the chest wall can lead to heart damage. The heart ...
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  11. What can be done for swollen legs due to CHF?

    Leg swelling due to congestive heart failure is very common. The swelling is due to excess fluid that backs up because the heart muscle is weak and cannot pump well. Diuretics are the usual treatment because they help the body get rid of excess fluid. There are numerous diuretics that can be used...
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  12. Can a traumatic event cause congestive heart failure and cardiomyopathy?

    Sorry to hear about your husband's accident. It is possible but unlikely that your husband's cardiomyopathy was caused by a car accident. Acute congestive heart failure can occur after chest trauma due to a "stunned" heart muscle but generally isn't a chronic condition. Perhaps he had other under...
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  13. How can I keep boost the spirits of someone with CHF?

    It is natural to be scared when diagnosed with a heart problem so the important thing is to be supportive and sometimes that can help boost the spirits of someone with CHF. You may want to check and see if there are any CHF support groups in your area - check your local hospitals. Also CHF is a man...
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  14. My grandmother is on a ventilator and has moderate heart failure. What does this mean?

    The diagnosis of moderate congestive heart failure (CHF) means that the pumping mechanism of your grandmother's heart is moderately impaired. In general, this level of heart "failure" will respond to certain cardiac medicines which can help in a variety of ways: assist pumping action, dilate blood v...
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  15. Does congestive heart failure happen quickly?

    Congestive heart failure doesn't usually happen all of a sudden. The typical symptoms are fatigue and trouble breathing, which can go on for a long time and gradually get worse. That's how congestive heart failure typically occurs, but it could come on suddenly after an acute event like a heart atta...
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  16. Can a leaky heart valve cause heart failure?

    When your heart valves do not close well, this allows blood to leak backwards, which can contribute to heart failure. The severity of heart failure will depend on which valves are not working properly, and how severe the leaks are. The best way to determine this is to have an echocardiogram, which...
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  17. Will dialysis help someone with end-stage CHF?

    Your question is a very good one. I believe that even though your friend is considered in the end of her life, there are still things that can be done to make her comfortable. Dialysis will help her kidneys, which you mentioned are not working well. It may help remove some of the excess fluid she...
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  18. What signs are there that the end is near?

    Frequently, families ask what to expect when the end is near for their loved one. You mention that your mother has congestive heart disease, a condition that is defined as the inability of the heart to supply adequate pressure and volume to important organs of the body, the most important being the...
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  19. Should Mom see a nutritionist?

    Coordinating the care needs of people in later life is often complicated by multiple diagnoses. Your mother's primary care physician should be the one managing her medical care and making referrals for her physical care. Physicians usually limit their scope to physical and medical needs, leaving spi...
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  20. Was heart valve surgery the only option?

    First of all we are sorry to hear about the passing of your grandmother. Unfortunately it sounds like your grandmother developed advanced heart failure over the last year of her life. This occurs when the heart muscle weakens and causes many of the symptoms you described your grandmother had. These...
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