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, fatigue, pain, and stress) 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
36
Tried for
congestive heart failure (36)
Treatment name(s)

(Coreg)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
25
Tried for
congestive heart failure (25)
Treatment name(s)

(Zestril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
15
Tried for
congestive heart failure (15)
Treatment name(s)

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

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
anxious mood (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
pain (6)
Treatment name(s)

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

(Lanoxin)
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 (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
depressed mood (5)

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 5 more
Total evaluations
24
Tried for
congestive heart failure (36)
Treatment name(s)

(Coreg)
Perceived effectiveness
for congestive heart failure (16 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness dizziness with hypotension upon standing 1 more
Total evaluations
16
Tried for
congestive heart failure (25)
Treatment name(s)

(Zestril)
Perceived effectiveness
for congestive heart failure (4 evaluations)
Side effects
ineffective cough
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
congestive heart failure (15)
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)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
brain fog tiredness 1 more
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
anxious mood (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (6)
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)

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

(Ativan)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
anxious mood (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
tremor(s)
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
depressed mood (5)
  • 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 25
30s 103
40s 256
50s 382
60s 404
70+ 204
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 21
20-29 years 38
30-39 years 118
40-49 years 179
50-59 years 178
60-69 years 85
70+ years 27

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 397
Female 985

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 947
Not Diagnosed 19

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