Congestive heart failure

Posted by elina1 @elina1, Dec 27, 2019

Just learned my mom who will be 97 in January has had congestive heart failure for a long time. She has a pacemaker and some machine in her bedroom to monitor. Three weeks ago her legs and feet began swelling and Monday they were weeping. She has been in the hospital since Monday on iv meds. She was released today with oxygen. She fell and broke her wrist and pelvis several months ago. She is now unable to walk. I am out of state and not getting enough information. What is the outcome for this and is it time to go home? I really know little about this and everything seems to be happening quickly.

there are a lot of questions I had. Are you living far away from her ? does she have home care? Do you have contact with the hospital/ cardiology department to discuss your questions or with the family doctor at home? What does the electr.cardiography say? Your mother is definitely suffering from a right heart failure in spite of the pacemaker, she has. I am not entitled to recommend an additional medication, I can only say that a year ago I developed a left and right heart failure in spite of a pacemaker I have (female 73 years old). the cardiologist decided to add Digitoxine to the other medication. I quickly recovered. But as I said, every patient is different.
Yoanne

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hi — i was also diagnosed w. heart failure recently when i was in the hospital b/cuz my blood pressure was too low. I'm 80 and really am not sure that the hospital drs diagnosed me correctly. they also said i have a reduced ejection fraction. i went to two cardiologists when i got out of the hospital — they did nothing except to "see" me for around 10 minutes, prescribe meds that i think i don't need, and automatically they made an apt. for me with an NP. i've learned the hard way to not let the "drs" pawn me off to an NP. I know nothing about that NP — i.e. where she got training, what her clinical experience was, or even her name. and almost immediately after I saw the "doctor" i got an email from an unknown sender. it turned out to be the NP — she didn't even tell me who she was, the drs she was representing, nada. So I know now not to let the drs pawn me off to the NP. who knows nothing about me. I wish you and your MOM the best. hope you have found GOOD doctors.

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there are a lot of questions I had. Are you living far away from her ? does she have home care? Do you have contact with the hospital/ cardiology department to discuss your questions or with the family doctor at home? What does the electr.cardiography say? Your mother is definitely suffering from a right heart failure in spite of the pacemaker, she has. I am not entitled to recommend an additional medication, I can only say that a year ago I developed a left and right heart failure in spite of a pacemaker I have (female 73 years old). the cardiologist decided to add Digitoxine to the other medication. I quickly recovered. But as I said, every patient is different.
Yoanne

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Yes I live far away. I have siblings but am not able to get info. I was able to talk with nurse this week. I know nothing about this condition. I am told I am not on list for them to talk with me. Though I did connect with a nurse who answered and explained basics. She is now in a care center. Won’t be able to go home. Has oxygen. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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@elina1

Yes I live far away. I have siblings but am not able to get info. I was able to talk with nurse this week. I know nothing about this condition. I am told I am not on list for them to talk with me. Though I did connect with a nurse who answered and explained basics. She is now in a care center. Won’t be able to go home. Has oxygen. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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Hi — first of all i think its HORRIBLE that you were told that you're NOT ON THE LIST of people for the care place to talk to. I know about HIPPA and all that BUT how does one get on the LIST???

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