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What will happen if you do not treat congestive heart failure ?

What will happen if you do not treat congestive heart failure ? An elderly patient that refuses medications......
Thu, 17 Dec 2009
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She will end up with pnemonia and she will end up drowning in her own fluids. Most of the time elderly patients that die from heart failure die of pnemonia. I don't know how she will be able to do this because it is very painful and just a terrible experience to go through. I remember that before they diagnosed me with congestive heart failure, I couldn't even lay down at all without coughing to death, I couldn't walk three feet without being completely out of breath, even sitting up, I was constantly coughing up phlegm with blood in it. I could actually feel myself drowning in my own fluids inside my chest. Because of all the fluid around my chest, my heart had to beat harder and harder so it grew to the size of a football, so that made my heart beat really fast and really hard. And all of this was happening to me at the age of 37. I don't see how she can go through all that, but I do know my mom said that a lot of elderly people who choose to not fight it anymore, opt to have a morphine drip to eleviate their pain, but once they do that, there is no coming back from it. Maybe that is the best thing for her if she doesn't want to live anymore or fight this. My blessings are with her.
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