Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Video on congestive heart failure

In the blog posting yesterday, I mentioned a long video “Living with Congestive Heart Failure” from the “Issue for Older Adults” series at UCSF (San Francisco) (link here), with Dr. Michael Harper. It appears to be a class lecture, but it made some interesting points.

One is that people may live a very long time, decades, with the condition, given proper medical supervision. Sometimes relatively little medication is needed other than blood pressure control.

Another is that chronic “rales” or crackly cough, without phlegm, often thought to be asthma, could be a symptom because it could indicate fluid in the lungs.

The most common cause is likely to be prolonged elevated blood pressure, often without symptoms.

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