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Suffering from congestive heart failure, cirrhosis, lowered kidney function and ascites. Paracentesis performed. How long the treatment is needed?

My father-in-law suffers from congestive heart failure , possible cirrhosis , lowered kidney function and ascites for which he has a paracentisis performed once or twice per week. He loves to drink fluid, although he should obviously maintain a lower fluid intake to reduce buildup... Here s the question: How long does fluid take to be processed by the body in this state that results in chest or abdominal fluid buildup? Why: I ask because a tech gave him the brilliant idea of increasing fluid intake (because he enjoys it) the day before his procedure- because it gets drained off anyway. Is this true or is it just terrible advice?
Asked On : Mon, 13 Aug 2012
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Welcome to HCM.

Weight gain, especially over a day or two, can be a sign that your body is holding onto extra fluid and your heart failure is getting worse. Limit how much salt you eat.

As he is having CHF and cirrhosis, ascitis and generalised edema are very common. It will be better if he take only that much amount of fluid that has been allowed to him. As it is difficult to say without examination, it will be better if you discuss this with the consulting doctor before increasing the fluid intake.

Hope I have provided the information you needed.
Wish you good health. Take care.
Answered: Mon, 13 Aug 2012
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