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is congestive heart failure hereditary

A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christian Assad
13 years experience Cardiology
It can: Low voltage in an EKG suggest cardiomyopathy. Which goes by the hand with Heart Failure. - In addition Electrical Alternans in the EKG is also suggest ... Read More
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Patrick Kohlitz
10 years experience Internal Medicine
It can give clues: Heart failure is a complicated diagnosis to make and is usually based on history and physical exam findings. An ekg may give clues that point towards ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
34 years experience Pediatrics
Usually...: ...It's the other way around (such as with kawasaki disease), but yes, it's possible.
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ali Valika
19 years experience Cardiology
It can happen: Unfortunately, sometimes young people also get affected by heart failure. Most often it relates to a viral infection that infects the heart muscle, c ... Read More
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Milunski
36 years experience Cardiology
Heart failure: Yes, heart failure can be inherited through certain types of heart diseases called cardiomyopathy's. One such condition is called familial dilated car ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Jost
35 years experience Cardiology
Yes.: Congestive heart failure, chf, has a 50% mortality at five (5) years if left untreated.
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A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Peter Kurzweil
49 years experience Internal Medicine
Weakened heart: A normal heart will eject (ef) about 60% of blood from main chamber (left ventricle) out aorta and feeds entire body with oxygenated blood. When this ... Read More
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A 59-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Uricchio
37 years experience Cardiology
Depends: It depends a great deal on how advanced is the condition. A patient who can walk a long distance with mild shortness of breath will do pretty well. ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher White
42 years experience Cardiology
Serious: Heart failure is a serious condition that can be treated. You should be evaluated by a cardiologist.
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonathan Leibowitz
27 years experience Internal Medicine
Well - depends!: It all depends on exactly what you asked - how sever is it ? Its never really good - when its severe - well, then i guess you would say its 'severe' a ... Read More
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A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. George Mathew
57 years experience Cardiology
Multiple.: Failure of heart to pump blood forward to meet metabolic demands of the body, hence the lungs and other organs get congested.Symptoms: dyspnea, fatig ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chris Gouveia
8 years experience General Practice
Yes: Heart failure is a colloquial term for the formal "congestive heart failure" diagnosis. The term "congestive" refers to the fact that with heart failu ... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sarkis Barupian
39 years experience Family Medicine
Serious and manageab: Congestive heart failure is often one of the compications of CAD. Both are serious conditions that can be managed with proper medications, diet, exerc ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Avdalovic
24 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Closely: Impaired left heart function leads to elevated filling pressure of the left heart and this pressure is transmitted to the right heart creating pulmona ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Irv Loh
Dr. Irv Loh answered
48 years experience Cardiology
Serious if unmanaged: Heart failure has many causes and the prognosis varies with the particular cause and severity. Concurrent diseases may coexist with heart failure and ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ali Valika
19 years experience Cardiology
Volume status: Congestive identifies somebodey with volume overload. Heart failure may be present without having overt "congestion" currently.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ehsan Ansari
29 years experience Cardiology
Acute or chronic: By defination CHF is classified acute CHF or chronic chf. It is systolic or diastolic. Chronic CHF could be well compensated.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luke Hermann
24 years experience Emergency Medicine
No: Most heart failure in the United States is the result damage done to the heart by ischemic events (heart attacks). Another common cause is uncontrolle ... Read More
A 57-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Grenzer
54 years experience Cardiology
Several: Some examples are heart attack, anemia, valve diseae, hypertension, infections, disease of the heart muscle (cardiomyopathy), overactive thyroid.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Flow demands: The fetal heart is required to do about half the work of living outside. Blood from the body is pumped through the heart back to the body & placenta ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Venkata Chilakapati
22 years experience Cardiology
Heart failure: Both are interchangeable terms.
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Creighton Wright
55 years experience General Surgery
Overlap: Atherosclerosis develops in our coronaries and can cause damage to heart. Some other diseases damage heart as well! viral, rheumatic, infections etc ... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
26 years experience Internal Medicine
Yes and no: There are four valves in the heart and a variety of disorders may affect each. Many are benign, but some are progressive and fatal. Specifics will d ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aaron Milstone
26 years experience Pulmonology
No: Only when the pulmonary hypertension causes the right ventricle to dilate (enlarge) does heart failure occur. This type of failure may affect the rig ... Read More
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