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Could I be having conjestive-heart failure ?

My doctor told me i have a slightly enlarged heart. My left ventricle is thickened. I have severe swelling in my legs, feet, and ankles. I have shortness of breath, coughing, overweight. I have a heaviness in my chest, but also suffer from gurd, barretts-esophagus, and acid reflex. i forgot to say that i also have high blood pressure
Tue, 15 Dec 2009
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You are having symptoms of congestive heart failure (I am having the exact same symptoms). Talk to your doctor about this. He can order a Brain Natriuretic Peptide (BNP) test which helps with this diagnosis. It is a blood test despite what it sounds like. It is elevated with CHF. Ask your doctor to run the test if he hasn't already. You may also want to consider having a cardiologist take over your care for this. CHF is very serious, but can possibly be reversed with the right care. My own cardiologist is following my case closely.
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