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 I'm having a stress echo test tomorrow at 2, how long should it take before I know any results?
I'm a 44 yo male, a litte over weight, doesn't drink much, and doesn't smoke. I had a stress echo 2 years ago and everything was reported as being clean, but I've had some ...

 can some one read anothers heart?

 How to read a Echo Cardio Gram can any body help me?

 what is the side effect of treating heart failure with viagra. what is the benefit?

 coronary heart disease pls explain so that an ordinary people understand?
Lv is enlarged Mild Global LV systolic Disfn. Posterior and lateral segments thin and severly hypokinetic other segments mildly hypokinetic Type 1 diastolic impairment .trivial miltral regulation ...

 Can leech therapy be used to treat miocardial infrction&?

 heart shifted?
My mother said she is having tests taken and was started on a new Medication(which she didn't tell me the name)and that her family Dr(which is 1/2 a quack anyway)told her, her heart had shifted ...

 Will my coronary stent cause a problem with airport security?
I was told I had to carry a card at all times. Why? Because it's going to case airport problems?...

 If there are people out there who are having problems with Hypermobility and need my help whatever, please ask
I run an organisation known as Hypermobility East Anglia Group and i am here to help and once we have helped you we need you to contact us to say how we helped ...

 What causes noncalcified plaque? I have "...moderate coronary artery disease which is due to exclusevley NP".

 Any opinions on medicaid in Indianapolis, IN?
I recently moved to Indianapolis. I have no health insurance and need to find doctor(s) who accept Medicaid. I need to find a heart specialist more than any other kind of doctor. Can you help me???...

 can not get my IM to set up it say has occured error wii need to close?
everything works my mail yahoo page but IM will bit set up to even let me sign on and even if it goes that far it still comes back yahoo has encountered and error will need to ...

 who is the best cardiac surgeon in bangalore?

 Artherosclerosis, hardening of the heart walls?
I am 50 and have just been diagnosed with this even though I have been on Lipitor for ages, it seems genetically I am a wreck. Any ideas what I can expect??
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 I had a heart transplant last Augugst, my Dr. told me about womans heart, I cannot find anything on it.?
My Dr. wants me to be an advocate for womans heart but I cannot find it on the web throught the mayo clinic. Would you please tell me how to find and be advocate for women with heart transplants. <...

 with stress thallium test being normal what are the chances of a heart attack?
The patient is my wife diabetic for last 15 years and insulin dependent for 5 years and has blood pressure ranging 160/80 with medication of metroprollol 100 mg twice daily and losartan 50 mg twice ...

 What are basal creps?
it is a term used in respiratory problems....

 How low is a heart rate before someone would need a pacemaker?

 should niaspan be taken if you have a aterial spectum defect?

 I have A pacemaker(4 yrs )?
A friend recently told me I shouldn;t operate my welder or chain saw .I've been using them right along ,what do you think?...

how does the doctor determine if you have congestive heart failure?
I am on high blood pressure pill "Norvasc" but I also have to take a fluid pill and if I don't I feel like a toad, does this mean my heart is not working as well as it use to? If anyone can help with some experinces they have been through it would be appreciated. I hate going to the doctor......

My mom's had congestive heart failure for a number of years, recently she was put on a diuretic because she was retaining a lot of water in her abdomen. She was having difficulty breathing and doing the simplest chores. She also takes heart medication and other things and has had a pacemaker for the last 10 yrs, which is soon to be replaced. Her congestive heart failure has worsened, she had and Echo and this was confirmed by taking a simple blood test that Id's the marker. You really need to see your Dr and have the tests.

The reason why you don't feel crook is because that you are in compensated heart failure, i.e your heart isn't working as well as it should, but you are coping with it. The reason why you were put on a fluid pill is to ensure that your heart isn't put through more than it should, pushing you to decompensation (i.e when you start feeling awful, breathless and the works)

Spironolactone has been shown to improve cardiovascular function in recent trials and is recommended as one of the first line therapy for heart failure.... i would continue taking it as per doctors orders and if you are having any problems with it, i.e side effects, best go see your doc to change your meds! There are heaps of other fluid pills out there.

Hope that helps and good luck!

Continue taking your meds, and if you have problems, go see your doc...

Listens to heart for gallup rhythm, and to lungs for moist rales. Checks ankles for fluid.

They look at you and l if your working to breath and your lungs have crackles on auscultation which are called rales, they order a blood test called a BNP, then they do a chest XR and look for what they call "vascular congestion" They check your 02 saturation and if your puffing along and depending on what your 02 saturation is doing, they order oxygen to increase the oxygen in your blood. They suspect CHF if your neck veins are bulging out and you tell them, you cannot breath without sitting up ( 2 or 3 pillow orthopnea) They suspect CHF if you are edematous and cannot breath, and your heart is beating too fast sometimes.
Its a picture you have to be there to understand maybe since you not in the medical field.
We instruct our heart failure pts to weigh themselves every day and if they gain 2 or 3 pounds in a day, we tell them to either call their doctor or take an extra dose of lasix.
Please go to the doctor, thats what they are there for and I think you should be taking your medicine. If you are ordered Lasix or Bumex or Spironolactone, or another diuretic, dont start skipping doses. You will end up in trouble.

When your heart doesn't pump as well as it should, fluid can build up in your lungs. That's congestive heart failure. Fluid also tends to build up in your feet & legs as well.

CHF is very common, and people can carry on normal lives for many years with it if they take their medications and follow Dr. orders regarding diet.

The determination of congestive heart failure is made by echocardiographic evaluation and/or symptoms. The Echo is a test where they rub an ultrasonic probe over your chest to evaluate heart structure and function. Symptoms would include breathlessness with minimal activity or at rest.

Being on a fluid pill does not necessarily mean you have congestive heart failure. "Fluid" pills or diuretics are a main stay of treatment for high blood pressure.

Mr. Peachy®
I wouldn't trust your doctor's recommendations for diet unless they agree with this doctor's recommendations: http://www.drmcdougall.com

He has saved many lives just by altering people's diets and getting them to exercise moderately. Go to the "Star McDougallers" tab and read some of his success stories. Many folks have gotten off their meds just by taking proper care of their bodies. I'm a type 2 diabetic and, when I'm following the diet and exercising, I don't have to take my medication.... True story.

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