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Dr. Joseph Shen
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Heart Failure (Overview)

Heart failure is a complex set of conditions in which the heart "fails" to pump a normal amount of blood with each beat. This can be due to poor squeezing function (systolic heart failure) and/or a stiff heart incapable of filling normally (diastolic heart failure). Common symptoms include swelling and trouble breathing, particularly when laying flat or exercising.


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If I have mitral regurgitation, will I get a heart failure/attack if I get too puffy from salt?

If I have mitral regurgitation, will I get a heart failure/attack if I get too puffy from salt?

Mitral regurg?: Mitral regurgitation itself, if severe, causes chf. Any body with sigficant mr, should diminsh there salt intake. Actually good advice for everyone. ...Read more

Dr. Joseph Shen
3,344 doctors shared insights

Heart Failure (Overview)

Heart failure is a complex set of conditions in which the heart "fails" to pump a normal amount of blood with each beat. This can be due to poor squeezing function (systolic heart failure) and/or a stiff heart incapable of filling normally (diastolic heart failure). Common symptoms include swelling and trouble breathing, particularly when laying flat or exercising.


Dr. Rick Koch Dr. Koch
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Ascites with irregular pulse and chest discomfort in 26 year old male with mild lupus? Is it heart failure? Pulse less than 90.

Dr. Rick Koch Dr. Koch
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Ascites with irregular pulse and chest discomfort in 26 year old male with mild lupus? Is it heart failure? Pulse less than 90.

CHF?: Could be CHF but immediate evaluation is required. That will include an echocardiogram which evaluate heart strength & valve function. Please don't delay. ...Read more

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Dr. John Munshower Dr. Munshower
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Living with Congestive Heart Failure (Checklist)

Weigh yourself daily, and alert your doctor if your weight increases
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Take your medications as they are prescribed
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Tell the doctor if your legs swell or you get short of breath
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What are treatments for congestive heart failure?

What are treatments for congestive heart failure?

Medications: The categories of medicines used are called ace inhibitors, arb's, beta blockers, diuretics, and digoxin. Other things can be done such as salt and/or fluid restriction. Control of the underlying cause of the heart failure also needs to be considered. That might require repairing a valve, removing a blockage in an artery, or treating high blood pressure. ...Read more

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Just discovered I have grade 3 diastolic congestive heart failure.EF is normal How serious is that and is it progressive?

Just discovered I have grade 3 diastolic congestive heart failure.EF is normal How serious is that and is it progressive?

Quite serious. : It means your heart is stiff and does not relax. Although the heart still beats with good force but the heart does not relax so that it gets filled. That results some times in cardiac failure. ...Read more

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Dr. Andrew Seibert Dr. Seibert
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Treating Liver Failure (Checklist)

Avoid raw seafood and shellfish
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What can happen when someone has ankylosing spondilitis and affects the heart?

What can happen when someone has ankylosing spondilitis and affects the heart?

Most common probs...: Two different problems can cause issues for the patient. 1. Cardiac conduction defects leading to a/v node block. 2. Aortic vavle disease leading to insufficency. Some patients may experience pericarditis, but this is unusual. I see very little valvular disease, and occasional conduction defects. Don't fret! ...Read more

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What is the force behind the pressure of the heart?

What is the  force behind the pressure of the heart?

Primarily muscle!: Obviously it is primarily the contraction of the left ventricle. In normal people, the amount of blood entering the heart during diastole, determines left ventricular filling pressure. In a normal, this should increase the force of ejection and improve ejection fraction. If the peripheral blood vessels (aterioles) are tightened you will need more cardiac work to pump blood. The dilemma of mbp! ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Unger Dr. Unger
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Managing Mild Kidney Failure (Checklist)

Make certain that your blood pressure is at the low prescribed target
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Make certain that your cholesterol has been monitored and treated
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Make certain that your blood sugars are well managed
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Minimize your weight gain, and lose weight if you are overweight
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I had a heart cath one year ago that was normal. How long are cath results good for? Years? Months? Thanks

I had a heart cath one year ago that was normal. How long are cath results good for? Years? Months? Thanks

Depends: The risk factors such as smoking, cholesterol, blood pressure, diabetes, rare stuff and family history. For heart attacks one usually needs two risk factors not only one. With bp, chol, diabetes it depends if they are controlled or uncontrolled. The cath is usually good until new symptoms arrive. Always check with your doc. ...Read more

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Can exercise help ease heart palpitations?

Can exercise help ease heart palpitations?

Depends on cause!: Regular exercise decreases circulating catecholamines, which increase the risk of common palpitations. But there are some types, where exercise should pose a danger. I would recommend a hoter monitor test to decide if it is a pat vs pvc! talk to doc! ...Read more

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Improving Heart Health (Checklist)

Find an activity you enjoy, and do it daily for at least 20 minutes
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Intensify workouts by doing max intensity for 2 min, every 5-10 min
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How much exercise is good after heart attack?

How much exercise is good after heart attack?

Depends!: Do you have congestive heart failure after mi. Is your BP under control? Are you on asa? Most people can perform cardio sporting activities that take there heart rate to 70% of maximum, unless your are on a beta-blocker or calcium channel blocker, both of which slow heart rates and lower your max hr.Have you had a stress test to determine what hr you can achieve, and work load before st elevation. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for broken heart syndrome?

What is the treatment for broken heart syndrome?

Time and talk!: Emotional heartbreaks do not heel instantly. Time is a healer, as are understanding family or friends. If you feel situationally depressed see a therpist, psychiatrist, or pcp. ...Read more

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Can rheumatic heart disease take the life of a person?

Can rheumatic heart disease take the life of a person?

Yes!: Rarely now because the acute disease rx is better, and heart surgery is better for this post-infectious immune arthritis. It can, but far less likely. ...Read more

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Whats the difference between a heart murmur and arrythmia?

Whats the difference between a heart murmur and arrythmia?

Very different.: A murmur is an audible sound, usually comming from a valve (s). Arrythmia is an irregular heart rhythm. ...Read more

Dr. Warren Foster Dr. Foster
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Treating an Abnormal Heart Rhythm (Checklist)

Make healthy lifestyle choices
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Stop smoking and avoid secondhand smoke
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Avoid excessive amounts of caffeine and alcohol
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How does the heart in a relaxed state move blood through arteries?

How does the heart in a relaxed state move blood through arteries?

Arteries pump too!: The arteries are lined with muscle, which aid in the movement of blood through the body. The "pulse" one feels is the contraction of these muscles. Additionally, veins, unlike the arteries, have no muscular lining and thus do not pump blood. They move blood through the assistance of the skeletal muscles and valves found in the veins. ...Read more

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How does an assistance/service dog help a person with heart disease?

How does an assistance/service dog help a person with heart disease?

Many ways!: Decreases depression and anxiety. Is a loving and loyal companion. And will get you out walking, which will help your heart disease! ...Read more

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Bad spells, heart racing after taking cocaine, could this also be another side effect?

Bad spells, heart racing after taking cocaine, could this also be another side effect?

Absolutely!: Yes, these should subside! the bigger issue is why you are playing with a highly addicitve drug, that can also kill you? ...Read more

Dr. Bennett Werner
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Heart Diseases (Definition)

Heart disease is a condition in which a person has problems within his or her vascular system and heart, which includes both congenital birth defects and problems acquired later. Examples of heart disease include clogging (atherosclerosis) of the coronary (heart) arteries, heart attacks (obstructions of the arteries), damaged heart valves, heart muscle failure, and viral infections of the heart. Some major causes of heart disease include genetics, smoking, hypertension, high ...Read more


Dr. Ralph Boling
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Abnormal Fetal Heart Rate (Definition)

After the first trimester, the fetal heart rate should fluctuate between 110-160 beats per minute. Arrhythmias (skipped beats, tachy-/brady-arrhythmias) account for most pre-labor abnormal heart rates. Intrapartum fetal heart rate depends on fetal oxygenation and placental perfusion and is used to prevent death of brain injury during labor. Decelerations may be ...Read more