My dad has had two hospital admissions this year and both times he has come out sooo much better but it never seems to last. In November he went in and they removed nearly two stone of fluid that had built up because of his heart failure and when he came home his breathing was great, O2 levels 92% and heart stable. Three weeks later he can no longer walk up stairs, he’s cold all the the time and his breathing is pretty bad, he struggles to talk for long periods without it affecting his breathing. Respiratory nurse said 10. days ago that the oxygen is reaching the bottom of his lungs so that sounds good but maybe it’s his heart? His heart rate tonight was 56 on his oximeter and I’m thinking maybe this is causing his breathlessness. I’ve suggested hospital but I know unless I push it he won’t go until he can no longer cope. I think he needs to be checked over ☹️
My Dad has COPD and heart failure - British Lung Foun...
Was he being given steroids in hospital? If so, this could be an explanation of why he appeared so much better when first coming out of hospital. Steroids can make you feel like superman as well as suppress any inflammation. Then after a few days to a week after coming off steroids, he appears to go downhill as his breathlessness increases once more. A heart rate of 60 to 100 beats per minute whilst at rest is normal.
As comparison, my own bpm at rest is around 120 bpm with o2 at around 92% and I am just 1% away from having very severe COPD (Emphysema).
Hi NicP! I have copd and Cong Heart Failure. Both contribute to my breathing. With me..No salt..I am on Water pills and also a pill that protects me from filling up with water again! I had 27lbs of water in me a few years ago. Over the past few years...I have not filled up again! I have noticed, if I need to lose more water fast..I eat watermelon! Its great! Is your Dads legs,belly swollen? If so...its water. That would account for his bad breathing! He really needs to be seen.......Janet 127
My late husband Bob had COPD and heart failure. He used to swell up like a football when he ate or drank things with cows milk in. He also got very breathless with bleached white flour products. I did an accidental partial elimination diet when we holidayed in Rhodes in the 1980s which is how we found out about it.
This may not be your father's problem, as fluid retention can be caused by all sorts of things. PM me if you want more info.
My husband has severe emphysema and cor polmonale ( enlargement of Right side of heart as a result of lung disease or Pulmonary blood vessels). On his last stay in hospital he was given Flurosemide tablets to get rid of the fluid by his consultant. Many others on here take them too.
He was feeling a bit under the weather this week but by chance had a review of his medication at the GPs. She listened to his lungs and said she thought there were signs of an infection so gave him a weeks supply of steroids.
I'd ask about the Furosemide at his next appointment. If you're worried ring 111 for advice. If they think he needs to be seen they'll send the paramedics to check him out and decide if he needs to go to A&E.
Wishing you all the best
Thanks for your reply. Yes dad is on that water tablet and he doesn’t look like he is full of water currently. He was on a small dose of ramipril but was causing him to be very dizzy so the GP gave him a week off it and 95% of the dizziness has gone so she has left him off it. Maybe a lot of what he’s feeling is just the COPD but I will ring 111. Thanks again
Hi....I retain water and am on Furosemide. I'm very curious to know why your Dad avoids food with Vit K? I was about to order Vit D3 with Vit K2 pills to boost my flagging energy. 😀💊💐