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Overweight, not on diet restrictions or precautionary measures for defibrillator, fluid issues due to congestive heart failure. Life expectancy?

My friend Hank has a Defibrillator, massive fluid issues due to Congestive Heart failure , takes 5 fluid pills a day, is massively overweight , does not curtail his diet and can hardly get up or walk more than a few yards without getting out of breath and worn out. Is this stage 3 or stage 4 and if he keeps up this pace of ignoring diet, exercise and any other prohibitive measures, what kind of life expectancy might he have? I know there is no exact science, but on the average what would you say? He has stated he will not undergo any more heart surgeries.
Asked On : Thu, 11 Oct 2012
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Hi friend,
Welcome to Health Care Magic

Sorry to hear about your friend / and his unwillingness to comply...

He is in Stage 3... / and it is approximately 2 to 3 years for a stage.../ It is difficult to assess life expectancy in the given individual - it depends upon several factors like ejection fraction of heart / valves’ integrity and function / wall of the chambers / arrhythmia, their nature and frequency / renal function / response to medicines .     The treating doctor alone can suggest based on his assessment of the situation.

Take care
Wishing speedy recovery
God bless
Good luck
Answered: Sun, 16 Jun 2013
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