A 43-year-old member asked:
what are the signs and symptoms of left sided heart failure due associated with decreased cardiac output?
1 doctor answer
Dr. Bennett Werner answered
43 years experience Cardiology
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).
Answered on Jun 2, 2012
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