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What is the difference between heart failure and congestive heart failure

A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Stern
45 years experience Cardiology
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
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nassir Azimi
22 years experience Interventional Cardiology
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
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Neish
37 years experience Pediatric Cardiology
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
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Tucker
26 years experience Internal Medicine
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 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. LUIS IRIZARRY
27 years experience Family Medicine
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 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dominick Artuso
39 years experience General Surgery
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 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Rasak
32 years experience Cardiology
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
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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.

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