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There: what is the difference between congestive heart failure and coronary artery disease in a diabetic?

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Dr. LUIS IRIZARRY
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CAD CHF: CAD is narrowed arteries of the heart, may cause heart attack, which may cause heart to get weak & not pump well causing heart failure. In heart failure you retain fluid and makes it hard to you to function (get fatigue easily, may get another heart attack or shortness of breath. Diabetes makes you more prone to have CAD and chf.
Dr. Rick Koch
Cardiology 22 years experience
CHF: Is typically caused by a weakened heart muscle or one that "relaxes" poorly whereas CAD is caused by cholesterol plaques in coronary arteries. Frequently CAD is present with chf. Diabetics are at great risk for getting cad.

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A 28-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me the difference between congestive heart failure and coronary artery disease?

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Dr. Mark Rasak
Cardiology 33 years experience
Disease vs symptom: Coronary artery disease is cholesterol build up in the coronary arteries. CHF is a symptom complex of shortness of breath . Unable to lay flat . Waking up short of breath and decrease exercize tolerence. It usually occurs when blood backs up in the lungs as a result of the heart not working efficiently. CHF is not a diagnosis as there are many causes and a source should be found.
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A 31-year-old member asked:

Is there a difference between coronary artery disease and congestive heart failure?

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Dr. Dominick Artuso
General Surgery 40 years experience
Yes: Coronary artery disease means the arteries of the heart have partial or complete blockage. Congestive heart failure means the heart musle is weak and not pumping blood well enough and fluid back up into the lungs. Often patients with congestive heart failure have coronary artery disease, but not always.
A 31-year-old member asked:

What is the difference between congestive heart failure and coronary artery disease or do you have both?

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Dr. Steven Tucker
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Different problems: Coronary artery disease is a narrowing of the small blood vessels that supply blood and oxygen to the heart. (http://1.Usa.Gov/lrisvf) congestive heart failure is a condition in which the heart can no longer pump enough blood to the rest of the body. (http://1.Usa.Gov/lrirha).
A 33-year-old member asked:

How are congestive heart failure and coronary artery disease different?

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Dr. Gutti Rao
Hospital-based practice 46 years experience
CHF vs cAD: CHF is the inability of the heart muscle to effectively either contract or dilate the chambers so that blood reaches all parts of the body. This results in swelling of feet, shortness of breath, fatigue etc.Cad is due to chronic blockage of the arteries of the heart leading to inadequate blood supply causing chest pain. If acute obstruction it may end up in heart attack.
A 44-year-old member asked:

What are congestive heart failure and coronary artery disease?

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Dr. Creighton Wright
General Surgery 56 years experience
Overlap: Atherosclerosis develops in our coronaries and can cause damage to heart. Some other diseases damage heart as well! viral, rheumatic, infections etc when enough muscle damage has happened, then heart failure, poor pumping, and congestion will occur- called CHF congestive heart failure.

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