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What is the difference between heart failure and congestive heart failure

A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Stern
Cardiology 46 years experience
Technical: They are frequently used interchangeably now, but there is a rare type of heart failure that is not congestive , but is high output caused by other th... Read More
Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 23 years experience
None: These terms are used interchangeably.

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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nassir Azimi
Interventional Cardiology 23 years experience
Semnatics: Congestive heart failure is the congestion that ensues when the heart can not keep up with the demands of the tissues and fails to deliver adequate bl... Read More
Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez
Pediatric Cardiology 20 years experience
Weak versus stiff: Congestive heart failure is a general term referring to when the heart is no longer available to pump blood effectively enough to support the needs of... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Neish
Pediatric Cardiology 38 years experience
Blocked arteries vs.: Coronary artery disease typically refers to atherosclerosis of the coronary arteries which supply blood to the heart muscle. Atherosclerosis blocks th... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Tucker
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Different problems: Coronary artery disease is a narrowing of the small blood vessels that supply blood and oxygen to the heart. (http://1.Usa.Gov/lrisvf) congestive hear... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. LUIS IRIZARRY
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CAD CHF: CAD is narrowed arteries of the heart, may cause heart attack, which may cause heart to get weak & not pump well causing heart failure. In heart fail... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dominick Artuso
General Surgery 40 years experience
Yes: Coronary artery disease means the arteries of the heart have partial or complete blockage. Congestive heart failure means the heart musle is weak and ... Read More
A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Rasak
Cardiology 33 years experience
Disease vs symptom: Coronary artery disease is cholesterol build up in the coronary arteries. CHF is a symptom complex of shortness of breath . Unable to lay flat . Wakin... Read More
A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Peter Kurzweil
Internal Medicine 50 years experience
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
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christian Assad
Cardiology 14 years experience
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
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Patrick Kohlitz
Internal Medicine 11 years experience
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

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