Millions of people carry the diagnosis of congestive heart failure (CHF). This condition is also known as cardiomyopathy. Let’s discuss what it is, why you may have it, pharma, and natural treatments.
The definition of CHF is the inability of the heart to meet the circulatory needs of the body OR the progressive build up of water in the lungs, abdomen, legs, and other tissues.
Symptoms of CHF include shortness of breath, leg swelling (edema) and abdominal distention (from fluid in the liver and intestines).
The proximate causes of CHF include: heart attack as the cause of ischemic cardiomyopathy and non-ischemic cardiomyopathy from hypertension, alcohol, tachycardia (fast heart rate usually from atrial fibrillation), vitamin deficiency, thyroid disorder, drug-induced, valvular heart disease such as aortic stenosis, aortic insufficiency, or mitral regurgitation, radiation-induced, post-partum, infection, autoimmune, sleep apnea
Real Causation- Poor nutrition, lack of sunshine, lack of sleep, toxins, vertebral subluxation, lack of physical activity, poor water, unearthed, etc.
Tests that one can expect include: ECG, echocardiogram, coronary angiogram, MRI. Blood tests can help look at thyroid, vitamins/minerals, virus (unlikely).
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Beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors, ARB, spironolactone/eplerinone, Entresto (ARB/neprilysin inhibitor), digoxin, diuretics such as furosemide (Lasix)
Pharma may result in some significant improvement but also significant side effects.
Is there a long-term plan to get you off the drugs?
First, let’s show data for people with CHF from non-ischemia causation. That means, a heart attack or coronary artery disease was NOT the cause of the heart failure.
A recent large trial reported in the New England Journal of Medicine concluded, “In conclusion, in our trial, prophylactic ICD implantation in patients with symptomatic systolic heart failure that was not caused by coronary artery disease was not found to reduce long-term mortality.”
Here is a graph from their findings. Source
What about ICD for ischemic cardiomyopathy?
Here, there is a lifesaving effect of ICD implantation. 1 in 17 lives will be saved after 2 years. After 8 years, 1 in 6 lives will be saved. This is called NNT or number needed to treat. Another way to put this is that 5 out of 6 will not get benefit.
The question is, can we do better with a holistic approach, without the risk of ICD implant or unnecessary shock?
I think the answer is “YES!”
It is very important to get appropriate lab testing and treat the results. But here are some recommendations based on data and what has worked for my patients.
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