My husband was involved in a motorcycle/car accident and sustained many injuries including 11 fractured vertebrae, 7 fractured ribs, lung contusions, fluid in the lungs and also a small pericardial effusion amongst many abrasions and bruising. He was in the hospital for 5 weeks and during that time was unable to eat without gagging and retching, once home symptoms did not get any better. In November he was admitted to hospital again because he was so weak and had lost 50 pounds from not eating.
He came back home again and in December (Christmas Eve) I took him back to the hospital because his body had swelled so badly from fluid. You guessed it, congestive heart failure and after many tests and observation we were told he has cardiomyopathy class 4.
He had swollen ankles from day 1 and progressively got worse but because of his constant pain, I think that was the doctors' main focus. Could this accident have caused the congestive heart failure and cardiomyopathy??? He recently had an ICD implant and possibly will need a heart transplant. He is so weak and cannot stay up for more than 30 - 45 minutes at a time. Your advice will be appreciated and Thank You