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 ...
Swelling of the scrotum; Testicular enlargement
Apply ice packs to the scrotum for the first 24 hours, followed by sitz baths to decrease swelling.
If the pain is severe, place a rolled-up towel between the legs just under the scrotum to help relieve pain and reduce swelling, but get medical attention to make sure it is not a torsion.
Wear a loose-fitting athletic supporter for daily activities.
Avoid excessive activity until the swelling disappears.
Call your health care provider if
Call your health care provider if:
You notice any unexplained scrotal swelling
The swelling is painful
You have a testicle lump
What to expect at your health care provider's office
Your health care provider will perform a physical examination and take a medical history, which may include the following questions:
When did the swelling develop?
Did it develop suddenly?
Is it getting...
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