After a bout of viral pnuemonia, my 76 year old father was diagnosed with chf. Recently I took him to the E R for heart burn and discoloration of his hands. The doctor there said that he has irregular heart beats due to cardiomyopathy. Is this the same as the chf? If not, is this common to have both? What are some things I should watch for with the cardiomyopathy?
Congestive heart failure describes a set of symptoms that includes shortness of breath, fatigue, swelling and congestion of the lungs. Cardiomyopathy is a cause of CHF and means "muscular dysfunction of the heart". There are several different types of cardiomyopathy the most common of which is ischemic cardiomyopathy. The main symptoms to watch for are an increase in fatigue or shortness of breath, an increase in swelling or rapid weight gain and difficulty lying flat. You should alert his doctor should he have any of these symptoms.
Copyright 1994-2017MedHelp International.All rights reserved. MedHelp is a division of Aptus Health.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.