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My dad has worsening Congestive Heart Failure. What should he do?
Absolutely! Your dad's condition is complicated. He has a condition called heart failure that may well be caused by his valve disease. However because he has also been treated for coronary artery disease, there is most likely at least one other heart condition, this one caused by coronary artery disease. Either alone or in combination, the effects may in turn have caused permanent heart muscle damage. As a pharmacist you know the side effects of Lasix, that probably made your dad "pre renal", a common problem when treating heart failure. By trying to remove enough fluid to to help his congestive heart failure, his kidneys are deprived of enough blood to do their work. Anemia may be another complication of heart failure, and yes "Epo" may help.
Look here for information & treatment of heart failure:
In your dad's case, he needs an extensive evaluation that should start with an exam (of course), a review of all his medications, and tests such as a cardiac ECHO to look at heart & valve functions and an evaluation of his heart rhythm. They will also determine to what extent his kidneys are affected!
Hope this helps,
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