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What is the life expectancy of a person with fluid around the heart?

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Dr. Bhagyesh V. Patel

General Surgeon

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Posted on Mon, 7 May 2018 in Lump
Question: My grandmother is 90 and has been ill but now we have been told that she has fluid on the heart and fluid in the lungs what does it mean and what is the life expectancy of a person with this at 90.
Answered by Dr. Bhagyesh V. Patel 49 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Congestive heart failure .explanations provided thoroughly .

Detailed Answer:
Hello dear

Warm welcome to
I have evaluated your query thoroughly .

* This condition is mostly congestive heart failure or cardiogenic pulmonary
edema , which I am trying to explain in details in simple terminology .

@ Due to number of reasons, there is increase in pressure in the heart ,
diseased or overworked left ventricle ( one of the heart chamber ) is not
able to pump enough blood it receives from lungs .

@ So lungs become heavy, there is fluid collection in pleural space ,
difficulty in breathing .

@ Fluid also accumulates in the lining around heart as pericardial effusion .

* Life expectancy of person with this at 90 , varies depending upon the
underlying cause , associated other problems , body`s immune system ,
current treatment .

* Grossly one can say , that if parameters are settled with current medications
further life expectancy may be for years if there is no other worsening .

* Her current symptoms , medications , reports if available as an attachment in
follow up if provided , I can still guide further precisely .

Hope this helps you to understand the doubt .

Welcome for any further assistance .
Regards .

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Vaishalee Punj
Follow up: Dr. Bhagyesh V. Patel 25 minutes later
My grandmother has diabetes and has lost her ability to walk in the last week dew to this and she is in hospital as we speak and has phenomena and doctors have said yesterday that she is on the strongest antibiotics they can give her and it has not been working so they have taken her off the iv since last night. She has stopped eating also.
Answered by Dr. Bhagyesh V. Patel 6 minutes later
Brief Answer:
follow up .

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for details .

Kindly provide further details please .

1. Conciousness level .
2. Breathing normal or need oxygen .
3. Urine output okay or decreased .
4. What is sugar and other blood parameters suggest if you know .
5. 2D Echo report if available .

Awaiting for your response .
Regards .
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