Congestive heart failure

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What is congestive heart failure?

Congestive heart failure (CHF), or heart failure, is a condition in which the heart can't pump enough blood to the body's other organs. The heart keeps working but not as efficiently as it should.

Common symptoms reported by people with congestive heart failure

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, insomnia, fatigue, and pain) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with congestive heart failure

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Lasix)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
37
Tried for
congestive heart failure (37)
Treatment name(s)

(Coreg)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
30
Tried for
congestive heart failure (30)
Treatment name(s)

(Zestril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
13
Tried for
congestive heart failure (13)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
8
Tried for
Depressed mood (8) Pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Aldactone)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
congestive heart failure (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Bumex)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
congestive heart failure (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Lanoxin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
congestive heart failure (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
Pain (5)
Treatment name(s)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
congestive heart failure (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
Anxious mood (4) Insomnia (1)

Data from patients with congestive heart failure, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with congestive heart failure

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Lasix)
Perceived effectiveness
for congestive heart failure (23 evaluations)
Side effects
Frequent urination Dizziness 7 more
Total evaluations
24
Tried for
congestive heart failure (37)
Treatment name(s)

(Coreg)
Perceived effectiveness
for congestive heart failure (18 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness Dizziness with hypotension upon standing 2 more
Total evaluations
18
Tried for
congestive heart failure (30)
Treatment name(s)

(Zestril)
Perceived effectiveness
for congestive heart failure (4 evaluations)
Side effects
Ineffective cough
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
congestive heart failure (13)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (16 evaluations)
Side effects
Diarrhea Night sweats 1 more
Total evaluations
16
Tried for
Depressed mood (8) Pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Aldactone)
Perceived effectiveness
for congestive heart failure (4 evaluations)
Side effects
Excessive thirst (polydipsia) Frequent urination
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
congestive heart failure (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Bumex)
Perceived effectiveness
for congestive heart failure (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Decreased kidney function Frequent urination
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
congestive heart failure (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Lanoxin)
Perceived effectiveness
for congestive heart failure (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
congestive heart failure (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
Pain (5)
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for congestive heart failure (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
congestive heart failure (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (4 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
Anxious mood (4) Insomnia (1)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with congestive heart failure, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has congestive heart failure on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 1
20s 18
30s 62
40s 160
50s 254
60s 288
70+ 152
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 13
20-29 years 23
30-39 years 73
40-49 years 114
50-59 years 129
60-69 years 58
70+ years 19

Sex

Distribution of sex

68% Female
32% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 550
Not Diagnosed 21

These charts show data from CHF patients who have completed their condition history
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