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Morbid or not, people die from CHF every minute. Whether it is swift and painless or slow and painful depends on the attending physician and what treatment is ordered. Nobody can determine exactly how long a person with CHF has to live, but "palliative measures" (such as morphine for pain) can be taken to ensure that the person is free from pain. My personal experience with people dying of CHF is that they were somewhat "out of it" from the morphine, but free from pain and able to pass peacefully. I hope this helps you. For more information, you should use Google or Yahoo Search and enter "congestive heart failure." This should also get you some information about hospice situations and how CHF is handled.
mom just finally had a massive heart attack -I was with her and I don't think she knew what happened or had any discomfort. She had a spell, vomited and came out of it, she didn't know what happened and thought there was something wrong with me, because I was spassing out - then she had another a few minutes later and passed.
I imagine it would be different for each person.
Slow and painful.... At last thats what happened when my grandpa died of congestive heart failure.... Cause he had to go through many surgerys and in and out of the hospital.....
It is painful, chest pain and suffocation because of water drain into the lungs
Usually, they are very short of breath and the death is slow most of the time.
the heart failure causes fluid to build up in the lungs, eventually causing respiratory insufficiency and arrest. or the heart can just give out. either or.
I know it is slow. Congestive heart failure is NOT a heart attack. It is when the heart loses the ability to pump blood effeciently. My grandmother died of this. I don't think it is "painful" although it is accompanied by symptoms that are not pleasant, such a edema (swelling and fluid accumulation). Fluid in the lungs resulting in pneumonia is common.
I can tell you first hand. My brother died of this at 38 yrs old after getting the flu and it damaged his heart.
It a hard one and I was with him every step of the way.
Congestive Heart Failure does not really cause pain in itself but the side effects do as the heart looses its pumping capabilities. He was told he had the heart of a 70 yr old man, and no doctor wanted to tell him he was not eligible for a transplant and without it he would die. They kept him in the dark.
Signs of heart failure:
Cant sleep laying flat, head must be elevated
Lack of oxygen to your body
Coughing during the night
Tired, weakness, lethargic
Bloating, water retention as heart slows down
Ulcers on legs, open soars from water coming out of pores on
lower extremities (very very painful)
Problems sleeping, lightheaded and sometimes dizzy
Was put on a no-salt diet (very hard to attain as everything has salt) given 6 types of medications (none really worked), was told not too work and get mild exercise. Nothing strenuous and no lifing, shoveling, or enything that gets the heart rate high. You are basically sitting around alot and elevating the feet (as water pools in the feet and legs).
Death was slow. It is a slow downward spiral that you can not control just try to make easier. He died in a hospital when his heart gave out and they could not revive him. That part was painless but he suffered mostly from the couple months of edema (legs swollen and giving off fluids and open sores). He was really scary looking and painful to watch.
He died 9 yrs ago. Nowadays there are possible cures for this problem. There is a procedure where they take muscle out of the persons back and wrap it around the heart and sew it on. The muscle helps give strenght to the heart and restores much of the pumping capacity. Ask a doctor or research this it is worth a try.
You can get congestive heart failure from many things like: the flu, viral infections, germs getting into the heart muscle, drug use or abuse, alcoholism or old age.
I hope this helps...
Unfortunately, in most cases, death from congestive heart failure is very slow. Most patients with exacerbation of congestive heart failure build up bodily fluids due to poor gas exchange. The exhibit edema and respiratory distress. The pumping of the heart draws fluid from the lungs. CHF is basically an enlargement of the heart. When the heart becomes enlarged it is too stretched out and cannot squeeze hard enough to pump blood effectively. This weak pumping causes the lungs begin to fill and the patient is, in effect, drowning in their own fluids. They will be given medications to help dry this fluid like Lasix (a diuretic) and Sol-u-Medrol (a steroidal medication), but eventually the build up out paces the effectiveness of these medication as the heart gets weaker an weaker. Sometime the enlargement can be corrected with surgery. The problem is that CHF is often seen in older patients. Age, and their poor heart function makes them poor candidates for such extensive surgery.
I'm adding this statement after the fact. I came back and saw some of the other answers people are leaving and don't want you to be misinformed. Death from CHF is not the result of a heart attack. A heart attack is a myocardial infarction or MI. It may also be called Acute myocardial infarction or AMI, Acute coronary syndrome, Coronary thrombosis, or Coronary occlusion. All those terms refer to a blockage of blood flow to one or more coronary arteries. Angina is pain due to coronary blockages and has nothing to do with CHF (unless the patient also has blocked CAs). Without blood to provide oxygen to feed the heart, which is a muscle, or any part of the body, tissue death occurs. CHF can result from the heart having to compensate for the dead tissue that no longer works post MI, but it can also be do to smoking, alcoholism, obesity, and the progression of other diseases. Most CHF deaths aren't related to poor kidney function. It isn't the kidney's inability to excrete fluids that causes the the body and lungs to retain it. It is the hearts inability to absorb the moisture in the lungs and the poor circulation that causes edema of the limbs and body. There are both left and right sided CHF. Left sided CHF is when the Left Ventricle or valves of the heart becomes weak and cannot move blood through the lungs. The lungs become congested with fluid (pulmonary edema). Right sided CHF is caused by weakness of the valves or tissue of the right ventricles. When they are weak blood has a hard time getting through the heart, begins to back up in the vasculature, and they begin to stretch. When veins and arteries stretch the 'holes' that molecules pass through during normal circulation become enlarged and fluid escapes through them into the tissue. People with CHF usually don't die from heart attacks. They can, if they already have blocked arteries, but in most cases, it's either the heart simply getting so weak it gives out, or respiratory distress due to fluid accumulation.
I have never once seen a patient with CHF given morphine for pain, unless there was some other terminal condition. Again, it is not so much that the person is in pain, as it is respiratory distress. Morphine slows the heart rate and reduces blood pressure, which would be certain death for a CHF patient. Morphine can be given to a CHF patient, but they'd also have to be on the brink of dying from a condition so painful keeping them pain-free becomes more important then extended their life. A perfect example would be a patient dying from cancer. If they're at a stage where they are in constant excruciating pain, pain meds may be given to the point where respirations cease, because the choice is death, or extreme pain for the short time they have before death.
I've seen MANY people die from CHF. Including close family members. Usually they die quietly, but I wouldn't say it is an easy death. It more often seems the patient realizes they can no longer fight, resolve not to suffer any longer, give up and pass. On more than one occasion, I've seen severe respiratory distress occur, with the patient gasping before passing out and dying. On still more occasions, I've seen them brought to the hospital after family members call 911, because they've simply collapsed and became unresponsive, without showing any symptoms at all. CHF is VERY COMMON and seen often by anyone in the health care field. I give you this information as someone who has learned, treated, cared for, and watched people I've cared for succumb to it. You can take my explanation to any doctor to verify its correctness.
If you are asking because you or a family member is suffering from it, I wish you, or you and them strenght to deal with the disease.
not morbid at alll. better to know the way it goes and be prepared than to sit and wonder why things are happening the way they are.
My husband had congestive heart failure.
What happens is the heart is enlarged due to either a heart attack, or a virus has attacked the muscle and ruined it, making it large and unable to beat strongly to pump the blood. This makes the kidneys not work very well and they will allow excess water to build into the body, and when the lungs get full of water they make it hard to breath. then they have something called angina, a pain that is really servere in the chest area, and they can't breath. Scares them badly.
There are medications which will help the heart to beat stronger and pull off the excess water from the body, but these are very strong and cause all kinds of side effects which are very uncomfortable.
They are restricted in the amount of water they consume and salt. Making them very unhappy and uncomfortable. They cannot do much of any kind of physical activities in a normal sense and this causes them to lose their breath and pain. also depression.
It is a terrible thing to have happen to you. I could not convince my husband to slow down and quit smoking. He passed away at age 44 from a heart attack while driving down the road.
The death by heart failure is basically they drown, from the fluid in their lungs, or they have a heart attack from the pressure on their already worn out muscle.
Cocaine and methamphetamines are a big cause of the problem, with younger people. most usually it occurs in people who have had a lot of heart damage from a attack, or the drugs. or in my husbands case he has a hereditary gene that tripped when he got a virus and it ruined the heart muscle.
Not a good way to go. but it can be quick or long and drawn out. but never painless.