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skydog678
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   Posted 2/12/2014 1:10 PM (GMT -6)   
hello all
I am a 60 year old male ,I was diagnosed 1 year ago with
congestive heart failure coronary artery disease copd diabetes type 2.
unable to even get a climically determined prognosis from my cardiologist,she just says due to my other problems she can not give me a prognosis.so I said to the cardiologist I suppose this means a bypass operation.and she replied no
for me it is medication only.
my doctor after a lot of questions finally said he believes I am in the 2to 5 year bracket,but with meds and lifestyle changes it could even be 10 years.

anyway this last few weeks getting chest pain and breathing probs even at rest
doc upped my discotrine patch from 10mg to 15mg this has been of benefit.but breathing quite short,and leg and arm joints painfull.fatigue is absolutely dreadfull and sleeping on and off all day just have no strength at all
as I am living in another country I really need to know a no nonsense prognosis approximate is fine.but I nee to know if I return the family back to the uk or am I being a bit neurotic about the whole thing
many thanks to you all for reading my post. take care roger

stkitt
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   Posted 2/12/2014 2:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Good Afternoon, this is Kitt and I am happy to meet you.
 
People with mild to moderate congestive heart failure (CHF) could potentially live many years; it needn't be a death sentence. Congestive heart FAILURE is really a misnomer -- think of it as congestive heart inefficiency!
 
With mild to moderate CHF, the heart is not as powerful as it once was. As less blood is pumped out of the heart with each beat, the blood returning to the heart through the veins backs up. This back-up causes fluid congestion in the tissues. When that congestion occurs in the lungs, the person experiences shortness of breath. People with mild or moderate congestive heart failure who are well controlled with cardiac medications can live relatively active lives. Medications, which increase the pumping power of the heart muscles, give such folks some relief from the associated fatigue, difficulty breathing, and swelling in the extremities. People with CHF should be under the care of a doctor and should be consistent with their medications.
 
The heart reaches the "failure" point with a diagnosis of severe CHF, when medications and treatments are unable to help compensate for poor function in the heart.  Your Dr. did not tell you that you were dealing with end stage disease.  However, you may want to seek out the opinion of a 2nd Cardiologist.
 
None of us can predict the future - not even a Dr. unless death is imminent .
 
Keep talking with us if you would like to.  We are here for you.
 
~~Kitt~~
Moderator: Anxiety/Panic
and Heart/Cardiovascular Disease.



"She Stood in the Storm & When the Wind Did Not Blow Her Away, She Adjusted Her Sails."

skydog678
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Date Joined Feb 2014
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   Posted 2/14/2014 4:50 AM (GMT -6)   
hi
yes I am aware of this.but I think you will find that was not my question.
regards

stkitt
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   Posted 2/14/2014 11:53 AM (GMT -6)   
 
Checking in to see how you are feeling? I do not feel you are neurotic at all as you have a complicated history with many disorders.  COPD, CHF, and Diabetes are all serious dx and I can understand why you would want some definitive insight into how long your disease processes will remain  stable ?
 
I have taken care of many with CHF but you have serious outliers to contend with.
 
Wondering if you are working and how hard will it be for you to move back home to the UK?
 
I have a serious medical dx and I know how heavy this kind of decision is to make.
 
Let me know if their is anything else I can do for you?
 
Kindly,
Kitt
~~Kitt~~
Moderator: Anxiety/Panic
and Heart/Cardiovascular Disease.



"She Stood in the Storm & When the Wind Did Not Blow Her Away, She Adjusted Her Sails."

skydog678
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Date Joined Feb 2014
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   Posted 2/14/2014 12:18 PM (GMT -6)   
hi kitt
thank you for your response.as for working no.actually its just over a year
now.came home from work [[ plasterer ] as usual had shower etc and sat
down for tea,had a sudden pain in my right leg which got severe after less than an hour wife phoned the doctor who called out immediately and within an hour I was in intensive care all wired up etc.turns out I had a clot which travelled to the lung.this was treated and lots more other tests carried and sent home after a week .couple of days later doc phoned and informed me that he wanted me stop all works etc immediately and I was to attend the hospital for more tests stress test echo scans etc etc etc.after a couple of days I was informed by the cardiologist that I have a heart problem .and more tests were needed etc.so I was stopped from working the doctor actually filled the papers in for me to have invalidite pension ,I had to visit the specialist for pulmonaire.who carried out the tests and xray which shows very overlarged heart.
then it was the main hospital for angiograph .the surgeon said for me a stent not possible but not to worry medications will be okay.so yes I agree that a prognosis is difficult, but I do not know what stage I am at with any of my disorders other than what the doc said about heart failure.
and the last day or so legs and feet very very cold just can not warm the em you know.
but there you go.just good to get things off ones chest I suppose.
many thanks for taking the time to reply.
kind regards
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