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 how can i help my mom control her blood pressure?
my mom has had high blood pressure since 2-3 years! it is normally around 140-90.. but yesterday it had increased to 150-100.. but today morning when she had again got it checked in the hospital it ...

 i took some viagra and i have been hard for about 8 days now is this bad?

 Why don't our pet dogs, or cats, ever die of heart disease?
Don't they get the most rancid of fats in their commercial pet foods?

Could it be because they make their own Vitamin C?

They do however, die of cancer sometimes. Maybe ...

 Why is my heart fluttering?
Sometimes, when I get up or sit down, my heart starts fluttering and my pulse races, even if I'm not doing any strenuous activities. When I walk after getting up, I get a weird sensation. I can&#...

 I ate a pill on the floor of my office and now my heart is racing?
I thought it was an ibuprofen I dropped (or one of my coworkers did) and now my heart is racing really fast and I don't know what I took. A white round pill with np on it. Holy crap, when do you ...

 high pulse rate, do i need to worry and what can cause it?
at work i used the pulse rate machine on myself and it was 93 when i did it again today it was 117 i know this is high but should io see a doctor and what could be the cause? i'm 26, ...

 How does the heart continue beating after removal from the body?
I tried google but I didn't find anything :S

A heart will continue beating for about 30 - 40 minutes when removed from the body (if placed in oxygenated, isotonic saline solution). E...

 my son was just diagnosed with a heart murmur. the doctor said i shouldn't be concerned. should i be?

 I'm having bizarre attacks. Has anyone else experienced anything like this?
I'm having these crazy attacks that come on suddenly while awake and asleep. I suddenly become very weak and disoriented. My face, arms, legs become numb and tingly. My blood pressure goes up to ...

 who's mor elikely to have high blood pressure - someone angry or someone depressed?

 why is my blood pressure so high?
hi ya Iam 22 years old and i don't drink and smoke. My blood pressure has gone really high to 180/90 and it was scary i took it with a machine. I checked it regularly from 5 days and it was ...

 19 yr old heart attack?
i am a 19 yr old male with overweight stomach, but in shape everywhere else. i'm having some pain in my bicep area only. should i proceed to the hospital to have it checked out?...

 Is it true that you have maximum 10 years to live after open-heart surgery?

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my mom was told she had 3 years to live by her doctor : (...

 How is caffeine good for the heart and brain?
I need ...

 can a 16 year old girl have a heart attack?
i am experiencing pain between my shoulder blades that seems to be coming out of nowhere.
maybe the last hour or so.
so i came home from school bcuz im not feeling well.
i had a cough ...

 I have to take a treadmill test whilst wired to an ECG on Tuesday?
Do I have to stop taking my beta blockers and if so how long before the test? Thank you in advance all you medical people....

 heart attack?
hi 2 nights ago my boyfriend aged 25 woke up cpmplaining of tension in the abdominal area which was traveling to the heart. this only lasted a few minutes but his heart rate very irregular and he had ...

 i was born with a slight murmur on my heart?
I was just wondering what is this? Does it is amatter that i have a problem with my thryoid gland as well. Would someone mind explaining what a slight murmur is and is it safe or ...

 What is the best first aid/cure for a broken heart?
My heart is bleeding right now. Somebody help me....

 Margarine or butter?

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I like butter myself. I never fry it either....

I just read that after a diagnosis of Congestive Heart Desease, you only have about 5 years left.?
Since I learned last July that I have CHD, I have been diagnosed Type 2 Diabetic and the insulin treatment seems to be working, my numbers now in the 90's. I've lost 23 lbs but I'm still not on a reliable exercize plan. Although, I am walking better and able to bounce up the stairs again. Does the 5 year death sentence still stick if I keep up with my therapy?

hey! you need to stop worrying and just live your life to the fullest. my daughter is 16 she has congestive heart failure. she was diagnosed at 6 weeks old. that's a bit longer that 5 years . so keep trying to live healthy but if you slip that's ok too just start fresh the next day don't dwell on something that may not happen for 40-50 years

There is alot you can do to help yourself and live much longer. Take your meds of course, but don't smoke, don't drink much, and exercise. Lose weight if you are overweight.
Also, there is research on injecting stem cells into the heart to regenerate heart muscle cells and reverse heart damage from CHF and MI's.
As for diabetes, you need to be taking metformin, Byetta, and Actos. Those three are the leading medications for diabetes. Actos can prevent the loss of B-cells that produce your own insulin, and Byetta can help with weight loss. Insulin you want to minimize because too much insulin does make you fat and cause heart disease. And in the future you might be able to get stem cells to regenerate B-cells.

Also, be aware that gastric bypass surgery for really overweight people can lead to curing T2 diabetes.

Hi Pam, don't worry. I have seen many people with heart failure and live for decades. You seem to be a good patient. With medications, lifestyle modificaiton and regular follow up, you will do well. One important indicator of life expectancy in heart failure is ejection fraction of your left ventricle (LVEF). If your LVEF is >40%, it is not too bad. I suggest you to arrange a good exercise plan and stick to it. Check LVEF yearly, and deal with other medical issues promptly. Put health (not wealth) into the first priority in your life.

it is a serious illness
however ive known a lot of people to live many years more with it
some people get pace makers

Hey, im 15(almost 16) and i have lived since birth with CHD. i was born with 3 defects, one fixed its self, and then i got another one at 10, and one last year. So i have 4 total now. My heart disease is usually not found until you die because of it(usually middle teens) so i was very lucky. I know many friends who have CHD and they werent supposed to live till 5, let alone 16. So just because they say you will die in 5 yrs, doesnt mean you will. Just keep your hopes up, and think positive.

Layin Low
I don't know who wrote that but I can personally say that's incorrect. My grandfather was diagnosed with CHD about 9 years ago and he's still going strong. Of course, he watches his diet, follows all the Drs orders and has to take a prescription to lessen fluid build up in his chest. But, if you follow all your Drs instructions and take care of yourself there's no reason you can't live a relatively healthy and functional life for quite a long time. Hope this helps and best of luck to you!

I have heart failure for the almost 10 yrs, with other heart issues. I'm under 60 yrs old. Maintain low sodium, low fat diet, take all prescribed medications, less stress in your life. Lose weight to your proper weight. Be pro- active in your health care.

Hi Pam. I see that you are concerned. I am 14 years old, and have dealt with heart diseases all my life. My condition says that i was supposed to die at 5 years old. Im 14 now, so that was like 9 years ago, and I am still doing fine. Don't worry, and if you have any questions, dont be afraid to ask your doctor.

If you take care of yourself, you can live much longer than 5 years. My aunt has had CHD for as long as i've been alive (19 years) and she is still with us! :0)

gangadharan nair
Heart failure is the leading cause of hospitalization in people older than 65. In developed countries, the mean age of patients with heart failure is 75 years old. In developing countries, two to three percent of the population suffers from heart failure, but in those 70 to 80 years old, it occurs in 20—30 percent.
Heart failure (HF) affects about 5 million people in the US; > 500,000 new cases occur each year.

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