Congestive heart failure - left
The goals of treatments are:
Treat the disease that is causing the heart failure
Relieve stress on the heart
Reduce risks of worsening heart failure
You should see a heart specialist. You may need to stay in the hospital when symptoms are severe.
Treatment may involve surgery or cardiac catheterization to open blocked heart arteries, medicines for high blood pressure, and lifestyle changes such as stopping drinking alcohol.
Persons with heart failure should eat less salt, avoid alcohol, and exercise moderately.
Medicines that may be used include:
Diuretics such as furosemide (Lasix) or spironolactone (Aldactone) to help the body get rid of extra fluid
Beta blockers and ACE inhibitors to reduce the stress on the heart and to prevent further muscle damage and scarring
Digoxin to increase muscle strength and slow down abnormally fast ...
An open pleural biopsy is a procedure to remove and examine the tissue that lines the inside of the chest. This tissue is called the pleura.
Biopsy - open pleura
How the test is performed
An open pleural biopsy is done in the hospital using general anesthesia , which means you are asleep and do not feel pain during the surgery. A tube will be placed down your throat to help you breathe.
The surgeon will make a small cut in the left or right side of the chest.
The ribs are gently separated and a piece of tissue is taken from the chest area.
Several pieces of tissue are usually taken, and are sent to a laboratory for examination.
After surgery, the wound is closed with stitches.
Your surgeon may decide to leave a small plastic tube in your chest to prevent air and fluid from building up
Today, most centers use a technique called video-assisted thoracoscopy, which uses a camera and tiny instruments ...
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