Congestive heart failure is a disease that keeps progressing and ultimately proves to be fatal. The way the disease progresses, it is quite difficult for a doctor to tell a patient how much time he or she has left. One thing is sure that the stages of dying from congestive heart failure cannot be labeled but you will know when a patient is going to reach the point of no return.
As the disease progresses, it keeps affecting the other organs of the body like the kidney, liver, intestine and lungs. A person suffering from congestive heart failure requires help with daily chores like getting dressed, cooking food and washing utensils. As the stages of dying from congestive heart keep progressing, the caregivers will have to discuss other treatment options and make end-of-life decisions for the patient with the doctor.
The stages of dying from congestive heart failure show that initially the heart reacts by enlarging so that it can meet the demand for oxygen by the body. This also causes the heart muscle to increase as it has pump harder to meet the demand of oxygen; and finally the pumping action gets stronger as more output of blood can only meet the oxygen demand of the body. However, the heart cannot keep up this forever and finally starts slowing down. This is one of the stages of dying from congestive heart failure and the symptoms are shortness of breath, increase in weight in a few days time, swelling in the hands, feet or ankles, persistent cough in the night, syncope episodes, nausea, vomiting, increased fatigue and muscle weakness or cramps.Once these symptoms appear, you know that the patient will be around for a short while and you should be prepared for it emotionally and mentally.
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