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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.
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 38 years experience
Multiple: Physical examination, chest x-ray, bnp (brain natruretic peptide) are the tools used most of the time. In some cases, echocardiography and cardiac catheterization are required.

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A 29-year-old member asked:

What are the tests for right-sided heart failure?

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Dr. Michael Zevitz
Internal medicine 37 years experience
Physical exam and: Echocardiogram of the heart.
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 44-year-old member asked:

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.
A 42-year-old member asked:

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!
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.

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