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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!

  • SkyELf
    SkyELf, March 18,  2019  4:33pm EST

    Hi Dave, 

    I hope your pneumonia is getting better. I never had pneumonia before, but as far as I know, pneumonia vaccine (such as pneumococcal vaccine) only cover certain type of bacteria, and there are more than 1 type of bacteria that can cause pneumonia. So, there is always a risk of developing pneumonia even if you took pneumonia vaccine, but the risk is definitely smaller. Also, to prevent recurrent pneumonia, beside what Jim mentioned, you want to pay attention to your oral hygienge (to reduce the bacteria load in your mouth). Snoring at night also increases your chance of getting pneumonia since you have a higher chance of inhaling those bacteria from your throat to your lung. So maybe try to adjust your pillow to reduce snoring at night.

    Sky

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