Patient discussion about heart failure

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Q. What Is the Treatment for Congestive Heart Failure?

My mother is 76 years ols and has been suffering from a heart disease for many years. Lately she has developed congestive heart failure. How is this situation treated?
A1In addition to everything else, she might try CoQ10, a supplement available at most nutrition stores.

"Congestive heart failure has been strongly correlated with significantly low blood and tissue levels of CoQ10 ....

[In numerous studies] treatment with CoQ10 significantly improved heart muscle function while producing no adverse effects or drug interactions."

http://faculty.washington.edu/ely/coenzq10.html
A2Patients with congestive heart failure (CHF) are educated to undertake various non-pharmacological measures to improve symptoms and prognosis. Such measures include moderate physical activity if possible, or bed rest when symptoms are severe, weight reduction, monitoring weight for any weight gain (that can be a sign of fluid retention), diet free of sodium and fluid restriction.
A3The treatment for congestive heart failure combines pharmacological and non-pharmacological methods such as careful fluid and sodium intake, weight watching and exercise. The main goal is to prevent CHF from occuring.
http://www.5min.com/Video/How-to-Prevent-Heart-Failure-6485869

Q. congestive heart failure how it works

is it to do with fluid built up in your body
ACongestive heart failure (CHF), or heart failure, is a condition in which the heart can't pump enough blood to the body's other organs. The "failing" heart keeps working but not as efficiently as it should. People with heart failure can't exert themselves because they become short of breath and tired.
As blood flow out of the heart slows, blood returning to the heart through the veins backs up, causing congestion in the tissues. Often swelling (edema) results. Most often there's swelling in the legs and ankles, but it can happen in other parts of the body, too. Sometimes fluid collects in the lungs and interferes with breathing, causing shortness of breath, especially when a person is lying down.
Heart failure also affects the kidneys' ability to dispose of sodium and water. The retained water increases the edema.

Q. describe the symptoms of congestive heart failure

A1From my own expierience, EM24 gave an accurate answer. My edema also affects my hands as well as ankles. I was given a Xopenex HFA inhaler to use if lungs are affected.
A2Congestive heart failure (CHF), or heart failure, is a condition in which the heart can't pump enough blood to the body's other organs. People with heart failure can't exert themselves because they become short of breath and tired.
As blood flow out of the heart slows, blood returning to the heart through the veins backs up, causing congestion in the tissues. Often swelling (edema) results. Most often there's swelling in the legs and ankles, but it can happen in other parts of the body, too. Sometimes fluid collects in the lungs and interferes with breathing, causing shortness of breath, especially when a person is lying down. Some may be unable to sleep unless sitting upright.
Heart failure also affects the kidneys' ability to dispose of sodium and water. The retained water increases the edema.

Q. what is "pulmonary edema" and what are the risks?

my Dr. told me I'm in a risk group for pulmonary edema, he tried to explain what it is but i didn't understand fully...if someone may give me a brief explanation- I'll appreciate it!
A1pulmonary edema occurs when, lets say, your heart left ventricle stops working properly and your right ventricle works fine. that means your lungs getting lets presume- 1 liter of blood -but your left ventricle can pump out of it only 990 ml. that means you have high blood pressure in your lungs and fluid comes out of blood vessels and fills your lungs, making it harder and harder breathing.
A2edema is a situation of fluids getting out of your cells or blood to your extra cellular matrix and organs. pulmonary edema is when your lungs fills with fluids originated from your blood. hence the main risk is actually drowning. this is a life threatening situation that requires a medical help A.S.A.P.
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