Congestive Heart Failure Community
Pls heeeeeeeeeeeeeeelp. Father's LVEF 25%
About This Community:

This patient support community is for discussions relating to Congestive Heart Failure (CHF).

Font Size:
A
A
A
Background:
Blank
Blank
Blank
Blank Blank

Pls heeeeeeeeeeeeeeelp. Father's LVEF 25%

8841696?1360757800
My father's LVEF is very low, as per latest echo it is about 25%. and it shows as left ventricle is dilated.
He also suffers from lung congestion and shortening of breath during sleep with snoring problem.

I had often seen him waking up in the middle of the night gasping for air and needing to sit up.

I had attached some of his latest reports for your pursual. Kindly guide me what can be further
done in this regard, It is difficult for us to go for expensive treatments such as ICD implant etc.

Below are the links to reports

http://www.flickr.com/photos/60020329@N02/8470874428/in/photostream
http://www.flickr.com/photos/60020329@N02/8469780569/in/photostream
http://www.flickr.com/photos/60020329@N02/8469780623/in/photostream
http://www.flickr.com/photos/60020329@N02/8469780213/in/photostream
http://www.flickr.com/photos/60020329@N02/8469780269/in/photostream
http://www.flickr.com/photos/60020329@N02/8470873988/in/photostream
http://www.flickr.com/photos/60020329@N02/8469779593/in/photostream
Tags: LVEF
3 Comments Post a Comment
Blank
Avatar_m_tn
There are some data that you do not indicates: Age, Reason for HF, other diseases and present treatment.

As per the ICD, if he does not suffer any arrhythmia, it is only a preventive measure for statistical reasons, it will not improve his quality of life. (I have a 17-20% EF and still reject the ICD).

The lung congestion should be solved with diuretics (either oral or IV) and for the gasping for air the possibility of suffering apnea should be investigated.

With this little info, I only can advise :
1) Stop salt intake
2) Reduce weight
3) Make 5-7 very small meals per day.

Jesus
Blank
Avatar_m_tn
Thank you sir for your kind reply.

The age of my father is 48. he presently does not suffer from arrhythmia and his BP and sugar are normal and also no previous medical history of these.

Yes,he is overweight and also suffers from snoring and sleep apnea.

presently he is prescribed certain medicines from the cardiologist to keep him stable and he has not suggested us for any major treatment.

Blank
Avatar_m_tn
You do not mention it, but if should be some reason for his reduced EF (Heart attack perhaps). If you do not know, I suggest to ask in the next visit to the doctor.

Then I assume that for his apnea, he is using a cpap machine every night, This should prevent him to wake up for gasping. If not, then check with the pulmonary specialist Dr. He might need an increase in the pressure of the machine and perhaps apnea medication if he suffers central instead of obstructive apnea.

Then just try to follow my previous advise and be sure that in the medication there are diuretics included. I think he has some fluids in his lungs.

I suggest to weight him, naked, at the same time and circumstances, every day and be sure that does not increase weight 3 days in a row... this is symptom of accumulation of fluid.

If after a couple of week, his breathing has not improved, go back to doctor to see if he still has fluids in the lungs.

If he can, make him to walk an hour every day.

Jesus
Blank
Post a Comment
To
Blank
BloodPressure Tracker
Track your Heart Condition
Start Tracking Now
MedHelp Health Answers
Recent Activity
Avatar_f_tn
Blank
orsi92 emily92 Comment
Aug 02
168348_tn?1379360675
Blank
ChitChatNine is happy! Comment
Jul 22
9310208_tn?1408668374
Blank
deannagrimsley is finally 9 weeks :) Comment
Jul 14
Congestive Heart Failure Community Resources
RSS Expert Activity
233488_tn?1310696703
Blank
New Cannabis Article from NORTH Mag...
Jul 20 by John C Hagan III, MD, FACS, FAAOBlank
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
3 Reasons Why You are Still Binge E...
Jul 14 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
Emotional Eating: What Your Closet ...
Jul 09 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank