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hammerdown, February 8,  2019  7:14pm EST

Heart Failure / pneumonia

These two issues are very similar and can be very dangerous.  I've had a couple pneumonia shots in the past 3 years - didn't save me from a pneumonia event last month.  The pneumonia symptoms mimic heart failure symptoms. Anyone here hear of or have experienced any successful treatment when admitted to a hosp. with pneumonia.  Generally speaking, the outlook for someone with both heart failure and pneumonia is not encouraging.

--Dave--

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  • JamesPL
    JamesPL, February 9,  2019  11:31pm EST

    Dave,

    Thanks for the warning. It can be difficult to prevent becoming a victim of illnesses this time of year and having it develop into something more serious. I've known a few people that have gotten the flu shot and still gotten the flu. Doing some of the obvious things such as frequently washing hands and avoiding others that are sick seem to be our only recourse. Personally, I'm also a fan of frequent exercise which I believe can also help prevent illnesses. 

    Hope you're doing well!

    Jim

  • FEM1940
    FEM1940, February 21,  2019  9:15pm EST

    Hi,  I have had pneumonia twice.  The first time , 2 years ago, was extremely serious, they said I had "septic pneumonia."  I was in the hospital for 8 days and was treated very aggressively.  At the time, I had no idea that I had HF.  In retrospect I had the symptons: fatigue, swelling, etc.  I was given IV antibiotics every 24 hours.  Two weeks ago, I had pneumonia again.  I wasn't nearly as sick, I wasn't hospitalized, I was given oral meds.  After the first illness, I took a vaccine.  My understanding is that neither the pneumonia nor the flue vaccine can guarantee that you won't get ill, but that the illness should not be as bad as if you had not taken the vaccine.  That's how I explain the difference, anyway.  BTW, both times I was triggered by catching a cold/sore throat from my young grandsons, which turned into bronchitis, which led to pneumonia.  I can't avoid my grandsons so I certainly hope there is no correlation between pneumonia and HF!

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