congestive heart failure

my grandma has congestive heart failure and a pacemaker and is in the hospital please hope she is okay and please hope she will be home for my graduation ceremony, she raised me for a huge portion of my life and is the most important person in the world to me

Heart failure

Heart failure, also known as congestive heart failure or congestive cardiac failure, is a complex clinical syndrome that occurs when the heart is unable to provide sufficient pump action to maintain blood flow to meet the needs of the body. It is is diagnosed by patient physical examination and confirmed with echocardiography.

Common causes of heart failure are: myocardial infarction (heart attack) and other forms of coronary artery disease, hypertension, valvular heart disease, and cardiomyopathy

Signs and symptoms are: 

  • Dyspnea (shortness of breath)
  • Coughing 
  • Tiredness
  • Peripheral edema, ascites, and hepatomegaly in a right-sided failure (due to a failure of the right ventricle)
  • Pulmonary edema and cyanosis in a left-sided failure (due to a failure of the left ventricle).

Treatment depends on the severity and cause of the heart failure. In a chronic patient already in a stable situation, treatment commonly consists of lifestyle measures such as smoking cessation, light exercise, dietary changes, and medications. Sometimes, depending on etiology, it is treated with implanted devices (pacemakers or ventricular assist devices) and occasionally a heart transplant is required.

My Mom was diagnosed with CHF. Nothing makes sence. I don't know what to think or feel.

(CHF is congestive heart failure) I mean what am I supposed to feel? Should I be angry? Should I be hysterically crying? (I cry every time I see her or talk to her and she is in the hospital right now) Should I be questioning god’s plan? What do I do when she comes home? Do I go on as if nothing happened? As if she isn’t suffering this horrible condition and ultimately death. As if I don’t have to see her everyday suffering? Maybe I’m in denial. I don’t know. I don’t understand how something so horrible can happen to such a good person. To such a good mom, friend, wife, co-worker, daughter, etc.

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Heartmate II LVAD implantation surgery narrated by Arie Blitz, MD

Ventricular assist device, or VAD, is a mechanical circulatory device that is used to partially or completely replace the function of a failing heart. Some VADs are intended for short term use, typically for patients recovering from heart attacks or heart surgery, while others are intended for long term use (months to years and in some cases for life), typically for patients suffering from congestive heart failure.

Medicalese101: CHF, JVD
  1.  nagisahaazukii said: I’m a second year and this post taught me what jvd and chf are (i just didn’t know it in shorthand)

This one’s for you, nagisahaazukii.

CHF (congestive heart failure): condition in which the heart does not contract or relax efficiently (or both), due to a stiff, floppy, or irregular ventricular wall. When the cardiovascular system is unable to compensate for the heart’s impairment, a patient can have a CHF exacerbation, in which pressure builds up in the vasculature behind the heart (the lungs and the peripheral veins) and fluid leaks out of the vessels. Clinical signs of a CHF exacerbation include lower extremity pitting edema (from all that leaky fluid), crackly sounds in the lungs and shortness of breath, again from fluid being where it doesn’t belong, and JVD, or jugular venous distention.

JVD is a measurable distention in the external jugular vein when the patient is sitting at about 45 degrees. It reflects increased pressure in the right atrium of the heart. 

so i was doing my medical terminology HW and were going over there cardiac system, and in my text book i turned to a page and saw congestive heart failure and broke down and cried thinking of my grandfather who died from it. i dont remember anything about him but i miss him so much)’:

"imagine my heart; filled with love. Given to you without hesitation"

I wrote this for my mom for Mother’s Day. Never in a million years would I have guessed that the very next day my mom would be in the hospital, diagnosed with congestive heart failure. Right now her hearts only working 25% and the quote above wasn’t just some sweet shit I said to make her happy, I meant it. Still do.

                        

Clarice Taylor died Monday at the age of 93 from congestive heart failure.

Taylor played Anna Huxtable, Cliff’s mother, on The Cosby Show, beginning in 1984. She and Earle Hyman, who played her husband Russell, put together quite possibly the fullest portrayal of grandparents that the half-hour sitcom has ever produced.

Everything has been so hard and crazy lately that I'm not in the Christmas spirit at all.

I mean, I’m hopeful and I’m thankful that everyone is alive and pulling through at the moment… It just doesn’t seems like Christmas. I haven’t had time to do anything let alone our usual traditions. We just put up some sparse Christmas decorations on Sunday and thats it.

Funding for Change of Heart Fund

At 29 years old, Greg Tharp is waiting for a new heart & another chance at living.

Back Story; In June 2012 Greg thought he had a nasty cold, it turned out to be Congestive Heart Failure… they discovered his heart is broken. To simplify, Greg’s heart is not capable of pumping the required amount of blood necessary to keep his lungs and organs functioning properly. So after many stays at the hospital, more in than out lately - he has an implanted defibrillator, intravenious meds carries 24/7, and 2 close calls of receiving that new heart he still waits at the top of the priority list. This means that at anytime he can get the call… let’s show him how much we care, that he is not alone & that whatever it takes HE CAN DO THIS!! After the operation he will require major re-habilitation (and prayers), it will require that his mom Martha Tharp be by his side to learn how to expect the unexpected as his caregiver. They will be in Gainesville for weeks and possibly months.   

Hopes for the "Funding"; Greg has not been able to work in over 2 years, his medical & travel expenses are adding up and he has a wish to travel to Japan after he conquers this beast! Wouldn’t it be wonderful to get him through this awful experience with a healthy & strong heart, with minimal dept and the trip of his dreams waiting for him??

Closing; I am proud of how Greg, Martha and the family has rallied behind this… honor your disease, do what the docs tell you, say your prayers and by the grace of God & your circle of support Greg will be working on those cars and catching those snook again soon! Come on folks - lets show him that there is a light at the end of this tunnel!



Now for my own prayer:  I look up to this man like an older brother. He really truly is one of the nicest people I’ve ever met. Anyone lucky enough to have met him already, knows this. He isn’t one to ask for help. In fact, he’s kind of stubborn. He’s a brilliant guy and has many bright things in store for his future. He went up for his transplant one day but the Donor of the heart’s corpse broke out into a rash, which is not a good sign. Its almost a miracle in itself that they had not already transplanted the heart. But please hear me out, anything you can donate. even the smallest amount, hell, even just reblog this so we can raise awareness would be magnificent. This man has a lot of people who love him and we’re all backing him 100% but we could always use more help. Thank you.