For patients diagnosed with congestive heart failure in Stages B to D, life expectancy remains difficult to determine. Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) occurs when the heart is unable to pump blood fast enough, resulting in swelling, shortness of breath, and other issues. Nearly 6 million Americans suffer from Congestive Heart Failure.

Find out how some patients with heart failure have long life expectancies. Anomalies of the heart rhythm can also lower ejection fraction and lead to congestive heart failure. In an attempt to treat symptoms and prolong life, doctors may prescribe medications, such as beta blockers, ACE inhibitors and diuretics to help improve heart function and treat symptoms, such as swelling and fluid retention. At 45 years, after a 3 month treatment for irritable bowel syndrome I suddenly showed massive edema and was (finally) diagnosed with congestive heart failure (CHF). Unfortunately, there is no cure for congestive heart failure. When the heart is damaged by high blood pressure, heart attack, infections or other diseases, other organs begin to show symptoms of damage.

Queen Latifah’s mother died after living many years with heart failure. Diastolic heart failure treatment.

Signs and symptoms of heart failure commonly include shortness of breath, excessive tiredness, and leg swelling. Crossroads Hospice & Palliative Care provides a team of nurses, aides, social workers, volunteers, and chaplains to support the patient and their family through the final stages of congestive heart failure symptoms. One year on list, 2 months waiting in ICU, finally I received heart transplant and have been normally active/healthy for 21 plus years.

Three years of medical treatment helped but then my EF (ejection fraction) went below 12.

End-of-Life Signs: Congestive Heart Failure. When a heart failure patient has been diagnosed with six months or less to live, the added support of hospice care helps them remain in their home until end of life.

As of now, there are no definitive guidelines for treating diastolic dysfunction. Heart failure (HF), also known as congestive heart failure (CHF) and congestive cardiac failure (CCF), is when the heart is unable to pump sufficiently to maintain blood flow to meet the body's needs. In the late stages of heart failure, the symptoms are severely disabling and call for either extraordinary treatment -- such as a heart transplant -- or end-of -life, comfort care 1.

Presence of atherosclerotic heart disease, a condition characterized by narrowing of the coronary arteries which carry oxygen to the heart muscle, increasing the risk to heart attack as well as forming scar tissue in place of some muscle.