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Old 06-09-2007, 10:46 PM   #1
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Exclamation Dad's Congestive Heart Failure

my dad has CHF and only about 13% of his heart works. He is extremly stubborn about taking care of his health, seeing doctors or even just lowering his sodium intake. When he was 1st diagnosed about 8 years ago he was really good with watching what he ate but now he acts like he thinks his health is as it was 30 years ago.

I have noticed that for about the last 6 months or so he won't sleep in his bed but in his recliner. I think he is having issues laying flat. I also noticed that for about the last week or two he can't stay awake unless he is standing up. everytime he sits donw he falls asleep. I am thinking that these are signs that his already grave condition is worsening.

What do you think?
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Old 06-10-2007, 05:46 AM   #2
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Re: Dad's Congestive Heart Failure

Suzi,

Yes, his grave condition IS worsening. His lungs are filling with fluid and it makes it hard for him to breathe when he lies down to sleep.
Though it won't be solving the underlying problem, perhaps some (or some MORE) Lasix on a daily basis would allow his lungs to clear somewhat.

Some people can fall asleep just LOOKING at a Lazy-Boy!

Probably KenKeith has some suggestions on how best to extend his remaining time and make it more pleasant for both of you.

 
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Old 06-11-2007, 05:29 AM   #3
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Re: Dad's Congestive Heart Failure

Suzi - My Mom has CHF - her EF is higher than your Dad's, but still, she tires easily, etc. She definately takes Lasix - twice daily for any fluid build-up. She's also on different meds. What meds is your father taking? Did he try sleeping on a few pillows? My Mom goes to a specialist for CHF, every 6 months and she's really helpful.

 
Old 06-11-2007, 08:52 AM   #4
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Re: Dad's Congestive Heart Failure

I don't know specifically what meds he takes but I know he takes a lot of different ones. When he was 1st diagnosed he went to a specialist pretty regularly but he moved to another state about 1 1/2 years ago and I think he has only gone once since then. He is traditionally less than honest with the doctors anyway about how he is feeling.

He sleeps in the recliner for 2 reasons. one he says the bed hurts his hip too much and 2 because of the CHF although he doesn't admit this one but you can hear it and see it.

Thanks for the replies. I appreciate it.
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Old 06-11-2007, 12:08 PM   #5
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Re: Dad's Congestive Heart Failure

Suzi - keep after your Dad - do you live in the same state? Get a list of his meds and make sure he takes them and sees a cardio regularly. One of my Mom's meds is Coreg and it's very good for CHF.

 
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Thanks, I will have to try harder. He lives pretty closes to me. My mom is pretty active in his care but he gets REALLY grumpy and offended when she tries to help him. So maybe I will have to try to talk to him myself and maybe he will take the advice since it isn't coming from my mom.
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Re: Dad's Congestive Heart Failure

Good luck and let us know how it goes. Don't give up, even if it's frustrating !!

 
Old 06-22-2007, 03:17 AM   #8
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Re: Dad's Congestive Heart Failure

My father has been in CHF for about 25 years. When first diagnosed they drained 5 gallons of water off him. They told him he had six months to live. He's lived a lot longer then that. He also sleeps in a recliner. I guess that does make it easier with CHF. And CHF is hereditary. I am 38 and am about there. My doctor told me I am on the verge of CHF if my heart is not already in failure. I know I feel better when standing or sitting up. Laying down seems to cause my blood pressure to go up I'm assuming because my heart is working harder when I lay down. ANyway my dad is proof that you can live a longgggggg time with CHF. My dad has also worked one or sometimes two jobs during 90% of the time he's been in CHF. I guess he's a resilient guy. Just make sure your dad takes his meds and watches what he does and he'll live a long time. Sometimes when people get sick they just get tired of taking pills and watching everything they do. They just want to be normal again! Maybe some therapy would help.

 
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Re: Dad's Congestive Heart Failure

I also have CHF and have had it for over 2 years. I understand why people would sleep a recliner. Many nights I feel as tho I am going to drown and or have a difficult time breathing. Laying on the sofa can also be difficult as it can cut down on my ability to breath and sleep.
I also get cramps in my neck and sometimes the pillow will make that situation worse.
Maybe I'll try the recliner, haven't really thought about it. But it could be the trick.

 
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Re: Dad's Congestive Heart Failure

If a person is in heart failure mode, there will be jugular vein pressure. The pulse in the jugular is visible in the neck and this increased pressure often indicates there is a retention of fluid.

There is some relief from edema (pulmonary) by sitting and the use of two pillows when sleeping as this uses gravity to move fluids from the lungs.

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