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Hi everyone, I'm Sarah. I spent 10 years as a live in caregiver for my mom. Sadly, she passed away in 2018 from CHF. She also had diabetes and COPD which just made her heart problems worse. For the past 2 months, my feet, ankles, and legs have been swelling up. Also I feel tired all the time and get dizzy easily. Is CHF hereditary?
AlyAHA, May 21, 2020 6:46pm EST
Sarah, I'm sorry for your loss. Although a quick Google search shows CHF is generally not hereditary, but some risk factors are, it is still encouraged to share your family history with your doctor. Here is some more information on hereditary conditions: https://www.heart.org/en/health-topics/consumer-healthcare/what-is-cardiovascular-disease/family-history-and-heart-disease-stroke
Here is additional information regarding CHF: https://www.heart.org/en/health-topics/congenital-heart-defects/the-impact-of-congenital-heart-defects/congestive-heart-failure-and-congenital-defects
I'd highly encourage you to call your doctor and set up a telemedicine visit soon to discuss your concerns. Good luck!
Cynthiaa, May 21, 2020 6:48pm EST
I am sorry to hear about all you have been going through with your mom and the care you provided over the last 10 years. I took care of my mom who had similar conditions as yours and it is a very difficult job.
The job of a caregiver is stressful on your mind and your body. You are concerned about your health and your symptoms can be many things. Unfortunately, I am not a medical professional but, I would like to suggest that you visit your doctor or health care provider to put your mind at ease. You may also find •http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Caregiver/Caregiver_UCM_001103_SubHomePage.jsp beneficial to read.
Please let me know how else I can support you.