I started insulin in May 2017 now Heart failure

By Brieabella Latest Reply 2017-12-07 08:58:33 -0600
Started 2017-12-05 00:00:22 -0600

In May 2017
I was put on insulin
With in a week I was having problem
Racing pounding heart
Weight gain
Went thru several insulin’s
By aug I had gained 45 lbs
Could not walk across the room
I went to er and now have CHF
It was caused by the insulin’s
Dr are like no but if I take a shot my heart starts racing in seconds but they want me to keep taking it ????? Any help please what am I to do
The meds are what is going to kill me

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Luis65 2017-12-05 11:17:57 -0600 Report

You ought to refer your doctors to this study- Here's the abstract and a link:

G Ital Cardiol (Rome). 2008 Jul;9(7):509-12.
[Insulin therapy may hasten congestive heart failure in cardiac patients: case series and review of the literature].
[Article in Italian]
Cosmi F1, Cosmi D, Savino K, Ambrosio G.
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We describe the appearance, within a few weeks from the beginning of insulin therapy, of signs and symptoms of congestive heart failure in three diabetic patients with known cardiac disease (one with aortic stenosis, one with hypertensive heart disease and one with ischemic heart disease), who however had never previously shown signs of heart failure. Reduction of the dose of insulin, along with a moderate diuretic therapy, led to resolution of clinical condition. Sodium retention and increased vascular permeability by insulin could be the causes of this phenomenon. In clinical practice it is necessary to remember that the beginning of insulin treatment could exacerbate left ventricular dysfunction to an overt heart failure. Future studies should evaluate whether insulin therapy plays a negative role in the long-term prognosis of patients with asymptomatic left ventricular dysfunction, as it has already been hypothesized in those with overt heart failure.

PMID: 18678218 '