Aa
A
A
Close
Avatar universal
Stage 4 Congestive Heart Failure -- oral Lasix isn't working
Why would a hospital refuse to do a thoracentesis when the fluids are worse today than when he was first admitted on 12/31/08.  Two weeks ago they did a thoracentesis the day after he was admitted and he was much relieved.  He was discharged three days later feeling much better.  He was readmitted today, given one i.v. dose of 120 mg Lasix and that's it.  They are offering no other treatment and are discharging him tomorrow.  Have they given up on him or what?

Baffled daughter
Cancel
6 Answers
Page 1 of 1
592969 tn?1248329005
Are the fluids between his heart and lungs?  It could be that there is not much fluid there.  If the Lasix does not work, usually the next thing is kidney dialysis.  Kidney dialysis has risks with CHF patients.  The blood pressure can drop too low and the liver can be affected.  Lasix is best if his kidneys are still working.  
Comment
Cancel
Comment
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Comment
Post Comment
620923 tn?1452919248
Hi, May I ask...how do u know what stage od CHF someone is in?
Comment
Cancel
Comment
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Comment
Post Comment
Avatar universal
I am on 160 mg lasix a day for chf and cardiomyopathy ... also 5mg of zaroxolyn soemtimes they work good but soemtimes not working .. any advice what i should do as I cant afford to  gain any weight and need to take this fluid off
Comment
Cancel
Comment
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Comment
Post Comment
Avatar universal
According to my doctors, the EF of the heart is how they tell what stage of failure you're in.

My case, I'm at 15-20% EF, and they are telling me that I'm am stage 4.  

Hope this helps.
Comment
Cancel
Comment
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Comment
Post Comment
Avatar universal
Acute kidney failure- kidneys at 4%
Congestive Heart Failure-Severe
Lungs filling with fluid and infection-antibiotics no longer working,surgery was done and removed several puss pockets.
Refusal to do dialysis
How much more can a body take before it stops completly-death
Thank you
Comment
Cancel
Comment
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Comment
Post Comment
Avatar universal
I increased my lasix from 40 mg to 60 mg because it wasn't working
Swimming helps too just do not over do it in the pool
Comment
Cancel
Comment
Avatar universal
U did that on your own?> I tried getting a hold of my doc about it and she didnt listen. Now im awake at night because of a trickling wheeze that woke me up. Havent been mobile for a few days and feeling that heaviness back in my abdomen all over again. I'd like to increase my lasix from 20 a day to 20 twice a day. ugh....
Comment
Cancel
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Comment
Post Comment
Your Answer
Avatar universal
Answer
Do you know how to answer? Tap here to leave your answer...
Answer
Answer
Post Answer
A
A
Blank
BloodPressure Tracker
Track your Heart Condition
Start Tracking Now
Recent Activity
Avatar universal
Blank
silverkisses33 added the Food Diary
May 19
667923 tn?1421466324
Blank
skeetelmore65 is hanging in there and thi... Comment
Mar 25
Avatar universal
Blank
longlegs2 longlegs2 Comment
Feb 16
Congestive Heart Failure Community Resources