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Dr. Andrew Rynne
Dr. Andrew Rynne

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Exp 50 years

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What is the life expectancy of a 76 year lady with congestive heart failure?

Patient is 76 diagnosed with congestive heart failure. Hass less than 20 percent heart function. Severely swollen feet. Congestion in lungs. Like a upper respiratory. Very weak from coughing. What is life expectancy? She is home by herself. And her husband just died a few months ago.
Wed, 20 Jan 2016
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After looking into condition of heart that you have mentioned with 20 percent of heart function and resultant edema of limbs and also mental trauma due to recent death of her husband, the old lady is less likely to survive for more than 6 months if she stays at home. However if she is hospitalized and given intensice care, she might live a little longer, but it all depends on her willingness to fight the illness.i am sorry to inform you that at this point of time there is nothing much I can do.
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