Patient Comments: Congestive Heart Failure - Treatment

What treatment did you have for congestive heart failure?

A Doctor's View on Congestive Heart Failure Treatment

Read the Comment by Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD

Congestive heart failure treatment may involve medications like:

  • ACE inhibitors,
  • beta blockers, and
  • water pills (diuretics).
Lifestyle changes are also helpful. In some cases, surgery may be necessary, including:
  • heart transplantation,
  • the placement of a mechanical assist device,
  • a biventricular pacemaker, or a
  • cardioverter-defibrillator.
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Comment from: 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: September 29

I was so worried when I heard that my EF (ejection fraction) was 25. Doctor prescribed Coreg. I could not take high dosage because of low blood pressure. Then I had surgery and they put in my chest defibrillator. Six months after using low dosage below ten mg my EF was 28. After that device they increased my dosage to 25. After six months, my EF was 31. Finally after a year it became 43. Try to walk, but be careful of your heart rate does not increase a lot. Of course no salt. My symptoms of congestive heart failure were shortness of breath, and lots of water in my legs, face and feet.

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Comment from: SVEN, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: November 07

I am 81. Nine years ago I had open heart surgery quadruple bypass and pacemaker installed. Now I have stage 4 CHF but only experiencing shortness of breath. Along with a variety of medications I take 160 mg of Lasix daily plus a 3.5 mg of diuretic metolazone a week. The doctor says the heart muscle stiffening but I could live another 1 to 2 years.

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Comment from: Melly, 45-54 (Caregiver) Published: May 03

My under-50, active, thin husband had congestive heart failure level 4, and constant atrial fibrillation with ejection fraction of about 15 percent. He has improved to ejection fraction of about 35 percent over the last 6 months. He is on 7 medicines. Still what we think helped him improve was following the protocol of 30 days to heart health program, and no more fast food! Plus watching his sodium intake, cardio rehabilitation program at hospital, controlling emotions, love and support.

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Comment from: Juner, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 12

I was diagnosed last summer with congestive heart failure! So scary! All I can say is that I am much better but I had to practically force my doctors to test me for the big three related deficiencies, B1 (thiamine), carnitine and selenium. Also, I had very low cholesterol and blood pressure from a protein deficiency I believe. I thought I was eating healthy. Doctors seem to think that Americans can't have these deficiencies because our food is just so healthy. There is hope! I actually had to call an animal researcher to find out about low cholesterol! Everyone is different. But it helps to keep digging!

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Comment from: ameer, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: October 27

I am a 70 years old male and I was having breathing problem when I was lying down in the bed and waking up in the middle of night, and was having shortness of breath. I went to see my doctor and I was told that I have CAD (coronary artery disease) as both my legs and abdomen were swollen. I was put on water pills and my doctor sent me for chest x-ray. I found that I am retaining water in the lungs as my heart is not pumping to its capacity. Now I am waiting for the cardiologist to for stress tests.

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Comment from: nadia barthol, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 20

I have congestive heart failure. I've been off synthetic drugs for 12 weeks since April 2, 2014, when I ended in hospital because of swelling badly. I was on carvedilol and from then on I decided to stop taking all of that. My abdomen is swollen and I constantly retain water. I've been taking natural herbs, they seem to work but the damage was done for 2 years of synthetic drugs. I gave this a chance but I'm worn out and I will go to the clinic this week so the extra fluid is taken out. I don't like the previous cardiologist, he really only pushes pills and surgery.

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