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What are the symptoms of left sided heart failure?

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Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 22 years experience
Swelling: The left side of the heart pumps blood throughout your body. When it fails, it decreases blood flow to organs. This can cause kidney injury, liver injury, fatigue, shortness of breath with little exertion, swelling of the feet and legs, fluid build-up in the lungs, and difficulty sleeping flat due to shortness of breath. Medications and diet are important for this disease!
Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 44 years experience
Congestion: Breathlessness, especially with exertion. Easy fatigability. Impaired exercise capacity. These are early signs. Without treatment, one becomes short of breath resting, especially when lying down (orthopnea) and at night (paroxysmal nocturnal dyspnea). Eventually the right heart also fails leading to swelling (edema), abdominal fluid (ascites and effusions), and cachexia (wasting).

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A 40-year-old member asked:

What are the typical symptoms of left sided heart failure?

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Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 47 years experience
CHF : Shortness of breath is major symptom.
A 36-year-old member asked:

How are the symptoms of right sided heart failure different from left heart?

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Dr. Michael Fenster
Cardiology 31 years experience
Findings: One must remeber that the most common cause of right heart failure is left heart failure and thuswhat is often referred to as left heart failure can represent biventricular failure. Isolated left heart failure usually manifests in pulmonary edema and shortness of breath. Right heart failure can manifest as passive liver congestion, periphera edema, elevated venous jugluar pressures, etc.
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 43-year-old member asked:

What are the symptoms of right sided heart failure?

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Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 57 years experience
Symptoms rt heart fa: Rt sided heart failure is due to long standing high blood pressure in pulmonary arteriesand right ventricle of the heart.Symptoms are shortness of breath and lightheadedness during activities, chest discomfort or pain, swelling of feet and ankles.Symptoms of underlying cause wheezing and cough and fainting spells with activities.
A 34-year-old member asked:

What are the tests for left-sided heart failure?

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Dr. Ravinder Rustagi
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LEFT SIDED FAILURE: The usual test for left sided failure includes pro bnp and if elevated suggest l.V failure .Next test is chest x-ray and if it shows cardiomegaly with evidence of chf. Next test is echocardiography and finally left ventriculography.

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