Congestive Heart Failure

James in pantyhose
By James in pantyhose Latest Reply 2011-02-13 22:50:14 -0600
Started 2010-10-01 20:28:18 -0500

I have congestive heart failure,type 2 diabetes,poor leg circulation,high Blood Pressure and high potassium.When I was diagnosed with chf my Heart was twice it's normal size.I've been treated for it since 9/2000.Then I came down with diabetes and poor leg circulation which now I have to wear Pantyhose to help the circulation Believe me they work I wear regular Pantyhose at the store.In 2008 I did not wear my pantyhose due to comments see I'm a 48 year old man and I didn't wear them until October when I had a clot form in my leg and it traveled to my Cornary Artery which would have led either to a Heart Attack or Stroke so now I wear them all of the time and I'm doing fine all though when I get upset I have Heart palpitations.

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HeartHawk 2011-02-13 22:50:14 -0600 Report


The heart is muscle. Just like lifting weights, when any muscle is constantly challenged it grows. In many cases the heart muscle is growing to overcome the resistance to arterial blood flow (i.e. high blood pressure). That is CHF in a nutshell.

This can come from many sources. Because you are also diabetic you can kill two birds with one stone - lose weight! I know it is tough but, in the end, it is all about calories in and calories out. That means lower the amount you eat and increase the amount you exercise (within what your doctor allows).

Finally, you need to address the root cause of why your heart is working so hard. One of the major culprits is atherosclerosis. The good news is that their are powerful strategies to attack this problem rather than simply coping with them with compression stockings and more medications to control blood pressure and ease the heart workload. You can stop and even reverse heart disease but it takes some effort.

What helps is to have a team, a community like right hear at Heart Connect. There are many of us in the same boat that can offer advice and motivation. Here is some generic advice to discuss with your doc.

  1. Low carb diets generally help lose weight, correct diabetic tendencies and help fight heart disease.

  2. Get an advanced lipoprotein analysis to find the root causes of your likely atherosclerosis. If you fix your arteries it will help fix your heart!

  3. Exercise works. Ask your doc to recommend a cardiac rehab group. It is more fun and easier to keep going in a group setting. The power of people working together in a common cause is awesome - just like here!

Take the next step and live long and healthy - but only you can do it!


John Crowley
John Crowley 2010-10-04 09:40:05 -0500 Report

Welcome, James.

I'm glad to hear you've found a treatment that helps. How is your chf now? What are the doc's telling you about your outlook?

James in pantyhose
James in pantyhose 2010-10-04 11:23:54 -0500 Report

Well they are telling me everything except my Kidneys are normal and my Heart is at 85% and as long as I keep doing what I'm doing including wearing my pantyhose to stimulate my circulation I'll be alright they are happy with my progress The only trouble I'm having is trying to lose weight and keeping my Diabetes under control and I am now being treated for Gout and my Kidneys are at 75% working due to my diabetes.I have type 2 I had forgotten to mention on top I had to have a Cardiac Stent put in my Coronary Artery.

Canadiantiger 2010-10-24 10:14:47 -0500 Report

You might want to start elevating your feet as much as you can (if you have a lazyboy chair or a chair with a footstool) elevating your feet lessens the work on your heart and it improves circulation. You can do it even with the pressure stockings on. I will be 48 next month… :D I elevate any chance I get because it is sooo beneficial for my circulation, reduces swelling, and "takes a load off" my heart.

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