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diarrhea and garlic smelling breath in a CHF patient in early stages of renal failure.
stacyann825 posted:
My father, who has CHF and is in the early stages of renal failure, has been having a lot of diarrhea lately and my mother says his breath smells like garlic. What could this be ??
CardiostarUSA1 responded:

"What could this be?"

Can't tell for sure via the Internet.

In general-only here, it is reported that various medical conditions, such as kidney (renal) failure, may/can cause diarrhea, as well as bad breath and/or a constant foul taste.

The very best of luck to your father.

Take care,


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In adults, diarrhea usually resolves on its own without any complications. See your doctor if:

Your diarrhea persists beyond three days without any sign of improvement. You become dehydrated, as evidenced by excessive thirst, dry mouth or skin, little or no urination, severe weakness, dizziness or lightheadedness, or dark-colored urine. You have severe abdominal or rectal pain. You have bloody or black stools. You have a temperature of more than 102 F (39 C), or signs of dehydration despite drinking plenty of liquids.


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stacyann825 replied to CardiostarUSA1's response:
Thank you so much for the information. He actually went to the doctor on Friday and they told him his heart is getting weaker. His kidneys are ok for now, which is good because he is able to take more lasix to get rid of the fluid in his lungs, but his prognosis is not good overall. He has a pace/defib and that is really all they can do. I just have to accept the fact that this is the beginning of the end. He had his heart attacks at 53 and he is 76 now, so he has had a good stretch of very high quality life and I guess we just have to be thankful that we had all that time. Thank you for the well wishes........I appreciate it.

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