One night a couple months ago i was lying in bed about to sleep and then my body went numb and tingley and i started to breathe really heavily, i felt like i was out of breath and that i was going to ...
I am currently experiencing problems with dreadful pain in my lower legs which doesnt abate with rest, swelling of my hands and feet, sometimes severe difficulty swallowing. I have had two previous DV...
depends on the degree of heart failure; if mild and treated early the life expectancy can be essentailly normal with proper medical care. 20 to 30 years after dignosis is not uncommon
No it's not fatal until the last stages of it.
No its not always fatal, a friend of the family had it and he had to be in the hospital for a while, but he is fine now. I don't know what the life expectance is for someone who has it but the guy i know who got it is only in his late 40's, and the doctors didn't give him a time limit or n e thing.
Congestive heart failure is generally a progressive disease with periods of stability punctuated by episodic clinical exacerbations. The course of the disease in any given patient, however, is extremely variable. Factors involved in determining the long term outlook (prognosis) for a given patient include the nature of the underlying heart disease, the response to medications, the degree to which other organ systems are involved and the severity of other accompanying conditions, the patient's symptoms and degree of impairment, and other factors that remain poorly understood. With the availability of newer drugs to potentially favorably affect the progression of disease, the prognosis in congestive heart failure is generally more favorable than that observed just 10 years ago. In some cases, especially when the heart muscle dysfunction has recently developed, a significant spontaneous improvement is not uncommonly observed, even to the point where heart function becomes normal.
An important issue in congestive heart failure is the risk of heart rhythm disturbances (arrhythmias). Of those deaths that occur in patients with congestive heart failure, approximately 50% are related to progressive heart failure. Importantly, the other half are thought to be related to serious arrhythmias. A major recent advance has been the finding that nonsurgical placement of automatic implantable cardioverter/defibrillators (AICD) in patients with severe congestive heart failure (defined by an ejection fraction below 30â€“35%) can significantly improve survival, and has become the standard of care in most such patients.
No it isn't. People can live a very long time with proper medical supervision and medication.
How long you live will depend on the cause and severity of your CHF.
15 or 20 years ago, a CHF diagnosis was almost tantamount to a death sentence. But times have changed! Diagnostics are getting better at catching problems earlier. Medications are getting better at relieving the strain on the heart, to allow it to near-normal function in many cases, and many new treatments and devices are also springing up (bi-ventricular pacemakers, imbedded defib devices, left ventricular assist devices, etc.) Heart transplants are even becoming more common, more safe, and easier to obtain, if all else fails.
So no, not only isn't it always fatal. I don't think you could say that it is even eventually fatal in a majority of all cases. It does kind of stink though. It's a chronic condition and requires a lot of care and some limits on one's lifestyle.