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What is right side heart failure vs. left sided?

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Dr. Ryan Cooley
Cardiology 29 years experience
Right heart failure: Right heart failure refers to weakness or stiffness involving the right ventricle or lower chamber as opposed to the left ventricle. This causes a unique constellation of symptoms including swelling in abdomen and legs, liver malfunction, weakness and shortness of breath.
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 38 years experience
Physical exam: Fluid accumulates during congestive heart failure. When the right side of the heart fails, fluid accumulates in the legs and abdomen. When the left side of the heart fails, fluid accumulates in the lungs and makes the patient short of breath. Not infrequently, both sides of the heart fail at the same time.

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A 19-year-old female asked:

What is pathophysiologic of right sided heart failure !?

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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Cardiology 51 years experience
Right heart failure: The commonest cause of right heart failure is left heart failure. The causes of isolated right heart failure include primary pulmonary hypertension and pulmonary diseases associated with pulmonary hypertension. Left to right cardiac shunts cause right heart failure and mitral stenosis is another(techinically this is a left heart cause.
A 43-year-old member asked:

Could you explain what is left sided heart failure?

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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Cardiology 51 years experience
Congestive heart fai: CHF is a symptom complex. Many cardiac problems can cause chf. Generally loss of exercise capacity, shortness of breath, fatigue and sometimes peripheral swelling we call edema is present. CHF can be right sided, left sided or biventricular. It can be caused by systolic, diastolic or valvar problems. It affects the whole body and all its systems.
A 39-year-old member asked:

Is heart failure on the left and right side different from each other?

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Dr. Ali Valika
Cardiology 20 years experience
Yes: Left heart failure will affect the lungs. Right heart failure affects the systemic vaculature and causes ascites, abdominal distention, and lower extremity edema.
A 41-year-old member asked:

Right v left-sided heart failure?

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Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 38 years experience
Physical exam: Fluid accumulates during congestive heart failure. When the right side of the heart fails, fluid accumulates in the legs and abdomen. When the left side of the heart fails, fluid accumulates in the lungs and makes the patient short of breath. Not infrequently, both sides of the heart fail at the same time.
A 48-year-old member asked:

How to tell if it's right or left sided heart failure?

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Dr. Mark Rasak
Cardiology 33 years experience
Symptoms overlap: By symptoms alone sometimes its difficult. A thorough history and physical exam along with an echocardiogram usually goes along way to making the diagnosis.

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