Mother just diagnosed with congestive heart failure and kidney failure?

My mother is 48 years old, she was just diagnosed with congestive heart failure and kidney failure. My mother’s kidney is only functioning less than 20%, she also had high blood pressure and they are trying to keep her blood count up. My mother is a diabetic, the docs said that the high blood pressure scarred her kidneys. My mother was not a drinker or a smoker. This is all new to me, i am afraid of her passing away too soon. Any advice or info will br greatly appreciated. I want to know if she could still live a healthy life after this…she was told that she may eventually have to receive dialysis treatment and get a kidney transplant.

  1. pacemaker, 07 May, 2010

    ask your mom if the doctors mention a pacemaker it really help me allot

  2. Rabby, 07 May, 2010

    Well congested heart failure is something that can be treated with diuretics and beta blockers..people can live with this but frequently have to be readmited to the hospital occasionally to get the fluid off their lungs..this is when they call it decompensated heart failure..As far as the kidney failure..there are two different kinds acute and chronic..sounds like your mom has chronic…some people can go without dialysis by taking meds and being monitored carefully..I also know people who have lived a long time on dialysis..they usually go to treatment 3 times a week..both of these diseases relate to one another..because her kidneys are not functioning properly she is gaining fluid and the heart is unable to pump it out. You can moniter congestive heart failure with a lab value called BNP (google it), also monitor kidney failure by labs called BUN and creatinine (google them)..people can live with these..the important thing is taking care yourself and especially monitoring the diabetes (the most likely cause of both of these)…research research research and remember ask questions..good luck..it will be okay.. relax

  3. abfabmom1, 07 May, 2010

    My father is a diabetic, who has had long-term cardiac problems, and is currently undergoing dialysis due to his kidney failure. Unfortunately, heart disease and diabetes feed into each other, and make both problems worse.

    My father’s heart problems have mostly been related to his high-blood pressure, and plaque build-up in his arteries. For the most part, bypasses and stents have helped with this part. I’m not exceptionally familiar with congestive heart failure, but my understanding is that it can be managed. My guess is that the doctor will be talking about installing a defibrillator, and/or a pacemaker. My father had this done, and it was a fairly quick, fairly painless procedure. It’s all done laparoscopically, with the machines fed through the arteries by wire. For my dad, the surgical site was at his shoulder, but this might be different with your mom (dad’s arteries aren’t available where they’re supposed to be these days).

    Dialysis is really nothing to worry about. And there are a few options to look into, relative to what will work best for your mom’s lifestyle. Initially, my dad was going to use Peritoneal dialysis, which uses the lining of your stomach to do some of the filtration. He thought it would be good, because it would mean he wouldn’t have to go to the clinic to get the procedure done. For various reasons, he is now using the standard Hemodialysis, but only spends two mornings a week at the clinic. He bough himself a portable DVD player, and has been catching up on his movie watching, and making friends with the other regulars there. Most people who get their dialysis treatments and have regular visits with their Nephrologist (kidney specialist) will live a life as normal as those who have no kidney problems.

    One of the things you’ll want to watch for with the diabetes (and in particular with heart trouble on top of it) is infection. Diabetics have terrible circulation, and it’s very difficult for them to fight away simple infections on their own. Something that would be a small cut to you and me might end up being a life-threatening problem for her. Also, very often (because of the circulation problems), they can’t feel their extremities. Because of this, it’s ideal to have another person inspect their feet and hands for cuts fairly regularly. Perhaps you could arrange to do a biweekly manicure and pedicure for her, and make sure everything gets a good once-over.

    My dad is not the active 20-year old that he used to be, but he’s otherwise living a very normal life. He and my mom travel (and there are social workers at the dialysis center who will make appointments for you at your destination), he volunteers, does some part-time work for our city, works in the garden, and enjoys time with his grandchildren.

    It’s scary, and in the long run, it’s likely that heart failure will be what kills your mother (and my father). But that doesn’t mean it’s going to happen soon. There’s every reason to believe that she can live another few decades, if she does what the doctors say.

  4. Armil at manicures, 17 November, 2010

    All of us may pass away and too bad nobody knows when will that be. aside from medical you should also ask for help to our creature that will help to have strength prayers is best way to talk to God and tell him what you want. my mom was also diagnose for diabetes and high blood pressure but with the help of doctors and prayers to the people who loves my mom she survive all the trials that she’s been through.

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