100 Questions & Answers About Congestive Heart FailureAuthor: Campion E. Quinn
Whether You Or A Loved One Has Been Diagnosed With Congestive Heart Failure, The Number And Type Of Diagnosis And Treatment Options Can Be Overwhelming. This Invaluable Resource Offers The Guidance And Advice You Need. Written By A Prominent Physician And By A Leader In Patient Support For This Devastating Disease, 100 Questions & Answers About Congestive Heart Failure Gives You Authoritative, Practical Answers To Your Questions, Including Causes, Diagnosis, Treatment Options, Quality Of Life, Care Giving, Sources Of Support, And Much More.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
What is congestive heart failure?
Is CHF common?
Is CHF serious?
Are all CHF patients the same?
Is CHF different for different ethnic groups?
How quickly does heart failure develop?
Is there a cure for heart failure?
What causes heart failure?
What is the difference between left-sided heart failure and right-sided heart failure?
When discussing my heart failure, I’ve heard my doctor mention the terms “systolic” and “diastolic” dysfunction. What are they?
What is the “ejection fraction?”
What type of doctor should I see for my heart failure?
How is CHF diagnosed?
How does a patient’s medical history help to diagnose CHF?
How does the physical examination help to diagnose CHF?
What do blood tests tell the physician?
How does the B-type Natriuretic Peptide (BNP) blood test help to diagnose CHF?
How is a chest X-ray helpful?
What does the Electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG) tell the doctor about CHF?
What is an Echocardiogram?
What is a stress test?
What is a Cardiac catheterization?
What is a Radionuclide ventriculography?
What is contrast enhanced magnetic resonance imaging?
What is an “exacerbation” of CHF?
How do I know if my CHF is getting worse?
What is Respiratory Distress?
What is Respiratory failure?
If I’m having trouble breathing, do I need to wait for my doctor to return my call, or can I start treatment myself?
What is a “CHF action plan?”
Are there things I shouldn’t do when my CHF gets worse?
How is a CHF exacerbation treated?
What is CPAP?
What is endotracheal intubation?
What is a ventilator?
How do I Prevent CHF exacerbations?
How do I make sure I’m treated according to my wishes, even if I can’t speak?
Why should I have an advanced directive?
What are the usual medications that doctors prescribe for CHF patients?
What are diuretics?
What are the Side Effects of diuretics?e
What are ACE inhibitors?
Side effects of ACE Inhibitors
I’ve heard the term ARBs when talking about medicine for CHF. What are ARBS?
What are Nitrates, and how are they used in CHF patients?
What is Hydralazine?
What kind of medication is BIDIL?
What are Beta Blockers?
I’ve heard there are new kinds of beta blockers available, are they helpful in CHF?
What is Digitalis?
What are the Side Effects of Digitalis?
What are blood thinners? (anticoagulants)
What are the side effects of blood thinners?
What are some other drugs that are used to treat CHF?
Are pacemakers used to treat Heart Failure?
What are Implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs)?
What are some Mechanical Devices that are used to Improve Pumping Actions?
What is an Intra-aortic Balloon Pump?
What is a Ventricular Assist Device (VAD)?
What is an Implantable Artificial Heart?
How are Angioplasty and Coronary Bypass Surgery used to treat CHF?
How does heart Valve Surgery improve CHF?
What are Ventricular Remodeling Procedures?
What is a Partial left ventriculectomy?
What is a Surgical Anterior Ventricular Endocardial Restoration?
What is a Dynamic Cardiomyoplasty?
What is a Heart Transplantation?
What is Myocardial Replacement therapy?
Is alternative or complementary medicine helpful in CHF?
What are some alternative medicine treatments for CHF?
Is Cardiac Rehabilitation helpful for patients with CHF?
What is cardiac rehabilitation?
What are the goals of a cardiac rehabilitation program?
What are the components of a cardiac rehabilitation program?
What does a cardiac rehabilitation program accomplish?
How long does the rehabilitation last?
What to say to your doctor about Cardiac Rehab?
What happens after I finish the rehabilitation program?
What are the Heart Valves?
How can problems with the heart valves cause heart failure?
What is Heart Valve Regurgitation?
What is Heart Valve Stenosis?
What causes valve disease?
How is valve disease diagnosed?
How is valve disease treated?
Why do I have to tell my dentist if I have a problem with my heart valve?
My cardiologist says that I have an Arrhythmia. What is that?
I thought low blood pressure was a good thing? Why is my doctor concerned about my low blood pressure?
What is Pulmonary Edema?
What is Sleep Apnea?
I’ve heard that blood clots in the leg are common in patients with CHF?
Is depression a problem in CHF?
What Can I do to improve my quality of life?
Is Exercise helpful for patients with Heart Failure?
I’ve been smoking for 30 years and have already been diagnosed with CHF. Isn’t the damage already done? Do I have to quit smoking?
How do I stop smoking?
Why do I need a flu vaccine?
I got a flu vaccine last year, why do I need another one?
What is the pneumococcal vaccine and why do I need it?
How do I make the most of my visit with my doctor?