Congestive Heart Failure - Prognosis

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What is the prognosis for congestive heart failure?

Patients may live long and fruitful lives with controlled and stable congestive heart failure. However, when heart failure decompensates and the patient required hospitalization, there is a significant mortality risk of more than 20% at 1 year. Patients with NYHA stage IV failure have a mortality rate of up to 50%.

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Comment from: Neen, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 27

I was released from the hospital this past Tuesday after almost a week of being in the hospital with the diagnosis of CHF. I had shortness of breath for a long time, swelling in feet which I attributed to just gaining water weight as a woman thing and other symptoms that mimicked panic attacks. They did EKG's among other tests and while in hospital, had a heart catheter done too. The results revealed no blockage. Thank goodness but my heart is weakened as a result. I fortunately left the hospital getting my breath back and no longer suffer from shortness of breath. I have to follow up with a cardiac doc and maintain a strict 2000 mg sodium diet as well as taking blood pressure med and vitamins. I also have to weigh myself everyday too. I will now do whatever it takes to get my health back. I never want to fight to just walk a few feet without feeling dizzy or out of breath ever again.

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Comment from: CHF3yrs/transplant22, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: June 07

At 45 years, after a 3 month treatment for irritable bowel syndrome I suddenly showed massive edema and was (finally) diagnosed with congestive heart failure (CHF). Three years of medical treatment helped but then my EF (ejection fraction) went below 12. One year on list, 2 months waiting in ICU, finally I received heart transplant and have been normally active/healthy for 21 plus years.

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