Conjestive Heart Failure??

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Date Joined Oct 2007
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   Posted 10/2/2007 10:22 PM (GMT -6)   
 My Mother which is 75 just had a conjestive heart failure this past thursday, along with failing kidneys and lungs. The cadiologist says her only hope would be to insert a pacemaker but most of her arteries to her heart is blocked?
When I spoke to her Internal Medicine Doctor the day after this happened (Fri) He says she is not strong enough for any surgeries but now they are saying she needs this to live. She had this same incident in 2002 and was also told she was not strong enough for anytype of surgery. The Dr says only 15% of the heart is working, Do I tell her to take the pacemaker or worry about her making it out of surgery with all the clogged arteries?
I am needing some insight on this if its happened to anyone else on here.
Thank you!

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Date Joined Feb 2006
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   Posted 10/4/2007 1:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Jennifer, just last March we went though same exact thing with my step father. It was very disheartening for us. Actually he had congestive heart failure and a heart attack in the hospital and was left on Oxygen and we were advised to place him into Hospice Care facility. Dr said in his condition he won't last much longer. He lasted 2 weeks there. He didn't suffer, they kept him very comfortable. Hospice care is very caring. Takes special nurses and assistants to keep patients and families comfortable as can be. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. (((((((((((Hugs)))))))))))))

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