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Suffered hemorrhagic stroke. Not able to walk. Have smoking addiction and hypertension. Is it a CHF?

My husband had a hemmoraghic stroke on 9-14-12 he could not have surgery due to being weak he has possible irregular heart . He had high blood pressure and smoked a lot and drank a lot. I have him home he has rehab twice a week. He was affected on right side and cannot talk. Is it possible he has CHF I want to take him to heart Dr. due to him being weak. He is 58. The family physician said not to take him yet. I have made a appointment for him anyway..Thanks forny advi ee n
Asked On : Fri, 22 Feb 2013
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Hi and thanks for your query,
general weakness on one side of the body with a history of stroke as certainly due to the stroke. However, the weakness could equally be associated to heart failure, but would require other clinical and paraclinical signs to make a clear diagnosis. Limb swelling, palpitations, abdominal pain, breathlessness and easy fatigability are suggestive of heart failure.
I think is a good idea that he be reevaluated by a cardiologist. Cardiac ultrasound, an electrocardiogramme, coupled with clinical findings shall be key in making a diagnosis, prescribing other tests if necessary and adopting a more comprehensive treatment plan. It is possible that it should heart failure, but consulting a cardiologist shall exclude any other cause of tiredness, or confirm this diagnosis.
Thanks and hope this helps,
Best regards,
Luchuo, MD.
Answered: Fri, 22 Feb 2013
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