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CHF and Elderly Father's Meds/Care
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CHF is a condition in which the heart can’t pump enough blood to meet the body’s needs. In some cases, the heart can’t fill with enough blood. In other cases, the heart can’t pump blood to the rest of the body with enough force. Some people have both problems. The term "heart failure" doesn’t mean that your heart has stopped or is about to stop working. Heart failure is a serious condition that requires medical care. This forum is a place to ask questions about CHF. Some examples are: How is CHF diagnosed? What treatment options are available for me?

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CHF and Elderly Father's Meds/Care

I need help. My 88 yr old dad had AV-replaced (porc) 2004. Did very well but yrs later came  afib. He has Pace, rx warf approx 5 yrs then CHF. Lasix was added 1x/day, bp rx-I think, then Carvd, but it seems  rx/care not well managed. No Cardios in town-yes @ hospital & @ an openly limited place- say they stabalize only & get pt back to the primary doc asap. His carvd has not been up titrated as I read (if correct) it should be. My dad is weak (iron ok), has osteo pain, GP said his heart is strong, but pulm HP so now the PA @doc suggs to try digoxin. I can't get my sister to take him a 1/2 hr drive to where there are Cardiologists. Other than vit k stuff, she denys foods can mess w/INR-it spiked after hotdogs w/pork n' beans, supposedly both have tumeric. Finally after 2 hosps for fluid GP sugg taking Lasix 2x/day. (I asked about that months earlier, sister refused to ask dr)  Given his age, multiple rxs & condition I feel strongly a Cardiologist is only one w/ knowledge qualified to oversee his CHF. Am I wrong? However well meaning, I'm concerned
Gp/PA aren't experienced enough. I wonder if Carv could help him more if admintered correctly & if giving digox before that can have any negative side effects. Due to severity of my health & distance- it's difficult. My sister controls everything, gives very little info. She seems content withholding what I think is necessary medical care. I don't kmow what to do.
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