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Reversing congestive heart failure

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 06, 2013 at 9:19 PM

Trying to help a family member that has all the symptoms of stage C congestive heart failure (CHF). She hasn't seen a doctor yet to get it diagnosed due to lack of money so I'm trying to help her figure out what in her lifestyle may have caused it and how to reverse it.

I've improved my general health a lot (I had a LOT of stuff going wrong all at once) by following a strict paleo/primal diet for the last 6 months combined with a regular exercise plan. I get the feeling that reversing advanced CHF is another beast altogether, so I'm wondering if anyone has had success with CHF and what you did to turn your life around.

I believe it will be better it will be received as a solution the more concise I can be with advice, the more success stories I can find, and the more evidence I have to back up such suggested changes.

Some details on my family member:

  • Age 35
  • Female
  • Weight 145 lbs
  • Height 5' 4"
  • Mixed Native American/European heritage
  • High cholesterol and triglycerides
  • Low blood pressure problem supposedly related to vagal nerve issue

Thanks! :)

D396b126240f584bc358e6e4fd84e9e3

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on July 07, 2013
at 07:41 PM

I think that goes without saying :)

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on July 07, 2013
at 06:23 PM

This. Self-diagnosed late stage congestive heart failure?! Really?! See a real doctor, not WebMD, nor Paleohacks.

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on July 07, 2013
at 06:48 PM

When I was in medical school I had the symptoms of every new disease we learned about...I didn't have any of the diseases. It is possible to have symptoms of many diseases without actually having the disease. Is your relative showing signs of heart failure (signs are objective and can be recognized by someone else, ie; pulmonary congestion or lower extremity edema in heart failure)?

Get your relative to a hospital and figure out what is going on. I know you said $ is an issue but if she is truly that sick there are urgent care facilities. If your relative won't take herself you may need to step in and be a voice of reason.

Good luck.

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D396b126240f584bc358e6e4fd84e9e3

on July 07, 2013
at 06:04 PM

Can you provide some numbers for lipids and blood pressure? At 35 and 145 lbs I find it hard to believe she has late stage heart failure.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on July 07, 2013
at 06:23 PM

This. Self-diagnosed late stage congestive heart failure?! Really?! See a real doctor, not WebMD, nor Paleohacks.

D396b126240f584bc358e6e4fd84e9e3

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on July 07, 2013
at 07:41 PM

I think that goes without saying :)

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on July 07, 2013
at 05:48 PM

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on July 06, 2013
at 10:03 PM

Look up Ernst Von Schwarz cardiologist from UCLA who is studying an IRB trial of HGH for AHA grade 3 and 4 cardiac failure. Pretty amazing what he is finding. Better than a transplant.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3wU8edhdcXg

I know the trial is still on going for CHF now.

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