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JLK0479, March 30,  2021  8:52am EST

What are the alert flags with CHF?

Good morning all,

I am new to this Support Nework but not new to other online Support Networks and I know how helpful they can be.  I have been my husband's caregiver for the past 20 years through 9 cancers (currently MDS - Blood cancer), Heart Bypass Surgery, 2 heart attacks, 2 TIA's and mutiple times in the hospital.  With that history you would expect a frail looking man but anyone who sees him cannot believe what he has been through.  I am blessed that he has a fighting attitude "Tell me what to do and I will do it".  That all being said he was hospitalized 2 weeks ago and diagnosed with CHF.  He had an elevated BNP in the ER and had been wheezing for a couple of weeks while sleeping.  Honestly we thought it was allergies and perhaps asthma and I had planned to call our Primary Care Physician the next day.  They treated him with lasix and he started to feel better.  We realized that he had gained some weight recently, and honestly I was glad about that as he had lost some.  In hindsight we should have realized he gained it to fast.  He was relased from the hospital, lost 6 pounds there and was feeling better and not wheezing.  The following week(last week), he gained 2 pounds in one day and then 4 the next so I called his cardiologist and they put him on a duretic pill.  He lost 2 pounds the first day and another one today, so that is good.  Last night I noticed he had started wheezing a bit while he is sleeping.  I don't want to be an alarmist, but am trying to get a handle on when I should be in touch with his cardiologist.  He has a follow up appointment in 2 weeks, but am just looking for some guidance until then.

Thank you for any input and guidance.

Love and prayers to all,


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  • AHAModerator
    AHAModerator, March 30,  2021  5:37pm EST

    Hello there, 

    Thank you for joining this Support Network and sharing your husband's journey. I am glad to hear that he has a fighting attitude and he is lucky to have you. I hope that you can foster a sense of community and solidarity here on the support network with others who had had similar experiences. 

    Here are a few resources I can share with you about Communication Tips for Caregivers and CHF

    Please keep us updated on how you and your husband are doing. 

    Best wishes, 

    AHA Moderator 

  • cfjohann
    cfjohann, April 10,  2021  11:15pm EST

    Hello Janet,

    I have a great relationship with my husband's Cardiologist.and office staff (I think) as I am the one that sends messages to ask questions and/or just give them FYI's. There is no harm in letting them know any changes in your husband's condition. Let his physician be the judge if a change warrents concern and it will bring both of you some piece of mind to know you brought it up. Keep educating yourself on CHF, there is so much information out there! You're husband has a great attitude!

    Love and prayers back to you!


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