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How does left-sided heart failure cause right-sided heart failure?

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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
52 years experience
CHF: the failed left ventricle backs blood up in the lungs which increases the work of the right heart which eventually fails

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A 44-year-old member asked:

What is right side heart failure vs. Left sided?

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Dr. Ryan Cooley
Cardiology 30 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 41-year-old member asked:

Right v left-sided heart failure?

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Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 39 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 38-year-old member asked:

What drugs can cause heart failure?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Mark Milunski
Cardiology 38 years experience
Drugs and HF: There are several drugs used to treat specific types of cancer that are associated with the development of heart failure. The most common are doxorubicin, cyclophosphamide, and trastuzamab. This doesn't mean that they should not be used but that their use should be carefully monitored. Alcohol, cocaine, and amphetamines can also cause heart failure.
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 34 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.
A 49-year-old member asked:

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

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
52 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
Last updated Dec 6, 2018
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