how is he being treated for the heart failure? is he on any medication or will he have a transplant. im not sure about the swollen ankles though id speak to a doc about this, his heart will need treating because the eco shows its getting weaker. let me know how you get on
The swelling, and problems with breathing, are most likely congestive heart failure, and the treatment your father received is correct. However, ongoing lasix would be helpful for at home.
Congestive heart failure can be controlled well with Coreg, lasix, a low sodium diet, and other meds that his doctor thinks would be beneficial in his situation. No alcohol, or smoking, and when the swelling is great, it would help for him to keep his feet up as much as possible. Also, sleeping in a semi-upright position is very helpful to keep his lungs from filling with fluid.
The bottom line is, the fluid buildup in his body needs to be addressed, and lasix is a great drug for that.
I hope this helps.
Have you considered being evaluated for a transplant or an LVAD ?