My grandma is 81. Her mother died of CHF. I haven't recognized the S/S until tonight. She woke up coughing and couldn't catch her breath for 5 minutes. We finally got her calmed down. I noticed her face and ankles were swollen. We're calling her Dr. Monday morning. How long does one normally live with CHF? I just want her to see me graduate from Nursing school this upcoming December.
Jan 2, '11
There are many causes for CHF, and just as many responses to treatment, depending on the patient.
You are spot-on to contact her MD for a thorough history, examination and possible further testing, along with initiation of treatment of the underlying cause(s).
Some people live for many years with CHF; again, it depends upon the underlying cause and response to treatment.
We are not qualified to offer any medical advice, however.
I hope she can be seen in a timely manner and that she responds well to treatment.
All the best,