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A 49-year-old member asked:

what is the difference between a right-sided heart failure and a left-sided heart failure?

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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Cardiology 51 years experience
Heart failure: The heart has left and right sides. Either side can fail. The commonest cause of right heart failure is left heart failure. Left heart can fail from heart attacks, valve disease, high blood pressure, genetic problems, viral diseases, poisons. Likewise the right heart. Chronic lung disease can also cause right heart to fail. This is not a a complete listing but should give an idea. Google for more

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A 48-year-old member asked:

How do doctors treat heart failure?

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Dr. A. tarig Ahmed
Internal Medicine 15 years experience
Heart failure: first you would like to find out what caused the heart failure, to prevent it from progressing. e.g circulation blockage, uncontrolled hypertension etc. water pill is also commonly used to prevent fluid accumulating in the lungs/legs along with other medications.
A 31-year-old member asked:

Why does the venous pressure increase if CO decreases (as in heart failure)?

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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Cardiology 51 years experience
Venous pressure: Complicated to explain but to oversimplify, the venous pressure increases when the fluid volume in the venous beds increases and can't be pumped out adequately by the right side of the heart. There are many processes in play and when heart failure is present, fluid is retained and right heart pressure may increase causing venous pressure to increase.
CA
A 32-year-old male asked:

What are some of the risk factors for getting Heart failure?

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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
Internal Medicine 41 years experience
The risk factors for getting Heart failure include:: Heart attack, Diabetes, Coronary artery disease, Valvular heart diseases, Myocarditis, Atrial fibrillation, Cocaine abuse, Sleep apnea, High blood pressure, High salt diet, Poverty, Alcohol consumption, Obesity, Microalbuminuria, Rapid heart beat, High cholesterol, Smoking.
United Kingdom
A 50-year-old male asked:

Is Heart Failure associated with Ventricular Diastolic Dysfunction and are Betablockers a way forward to help in the management or stopping it?

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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Cardiology 51 years experience
Diastolic CHF: Beta blockers help systolic dysfunction CHF. They haven't proven to be that effective in diastolic dysfunction CHF.
CA
A 33-year-old male asked:

What is the definition or description of: Right sided heart failure?

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Dr. Alan Heldman
Cardiology 33 years experience
Right heart failure : If the right side of the heart can not keep up with the demand for blood pumping through the lungs, we call that right heart failure. Typical symptoms might include swelling in the feet or ankles, and in more severe cases abdominal discomfort or abdominal swelling. The most common cause of RHF is Left HF. These are serious conditions and require expert management including several meds.

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