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A 42-year-old member asked:

can an enlarged left atrium cause chf?

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Dr. Rick Koch
Cardiology 22 years experience
Not really: CHF can cause left atrial enlargement & many older patients have enlarged left atriums with no chf.
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Cardiology 51 years experience
Left atrium enlarged: The left atrium gets enlarged when it has a pressure or volume load upon it. It can be associated with various heart abnormalities including CHF but it isn't a cause per se.

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A 33-year-old member asked:

What are some of the goals of treatment for chf?

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Dr. Andrew Freeman
Cardiology 18 years experience
Symptom improvement: Some of the goals are to improve the quality of life, reduce shortness of breath, restore heart function, optimize medications, and reduce comorbidities.
A 24-year-old member asked:

What does the abbreviation CHF mean?

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Dr. Mark Stern
Cardiology 46 years experience
See below: CHF = congestive heart failure = a condition where the heart muscle is weak and fluid backs up and leaks into the air spaces in the lungs causing shortness of breath.
A 53-year-old member asked:

What drug can be prescribed for chf?

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Dr. Andrew Freeman
Cardiology 18 years experience
Many: Usually a cocktail of ace inhibitors, beta blockers, diuretics are the key drugs in treating heart failure.
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A 38-year-old member asked:

What is a vasodilatation drug for chf?

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Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 38 years experience
Afterload reduction: The word we used for vasoldilator drugs in congestive heart failure is afterload reduction. These medications make it easier for the heart to empty at the time of contraction. Examples would be lisinopril, enalapril, losartan, valsartan. These medicines are frequently used in conjunction with diuretics and beta blockers.
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A 24-year-old member asked:

Why is d5w used in people with chf?

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Dr. Mark Milunski
Cardiology 37 years experience
D5W and HF: D5w is not used as a specific treatment for heart failure. It is often used as part of intravenous medication administration in these patients.

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