Will Dad be recovering from heart failure?

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My dad is 73 years old and had a stroke three years ago. He has diabetes, cholesterol and high blood pressure. They put a pacemaker in December 2008. Now he has been diagnosed with congestive heart failure. He was in the hospital a month and a half ago, and is back in again.

He was in a regular hospital for one week and now he is in a hospital for acute problems. The doctor said that he will stay there for three more weeks.

Do you think he will be recovering from congestive heart failurer? Or will he be sick like this from now on? Can you give us any advice on the care he'll need once he goes home?

Expert Answer

Dan Tobin, M.D. is the author of books and articles focused on the practical and positive aspects of family caregiving.


Recovering from congestive heart failure can go very well and many people get better. The details you can get from his doctor will be the most helpful. Write down three questions you want to ask his doctor and be clear about your concerns.

Ask him/her the exact questions you list above.

Once he comes home it will be important to see how well he can take care of himself. You can get his doctor to request certified homecare which can help send nurses to the house. You are doing a great job withthe questions above so keep going.

All the best,

Dan Tobin