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what are symptoms of congestive heart failure that are visible before a diagnostic test?

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Dr. Terrence Cohen
Cardiology 46 years experience
Shortness of breath: Shortness of breath, initially with exercise, and in more severe cases even at rest. This may be worse when lying flat and may cause awakening with shortness of breath. Frequent nighttime awakening to pass urine may occur. Swelling of the ankles may develop, engorgement of veins in the neck may be seen. In very severe cases, there may even be swelling of the abdomen.

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A 46-year-old member asked:

Are there stages of congestive heart failure?

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Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 38 years experience
NYHA: Heart failure is staged according to the new york heart association classification. In the system, class i is no symptoms. Class ii is symptoms with a high level of physical activity. Class iii his symptoms with a low level of activity. Class IV is symptoms at rest.
A 52-year-old member asked:

For what length of time can someone live with congestive heart failure?

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Dr. Steven Reznick
Specializes in Geriatrics
It depends: It depends on the severity of the problem and the cause. If you manage your blood pressure well, limit salt intake, stop smoking, control your lipids, monitor your weight daily, take your medications and follow up with your physician regularly reporting changes that have been taught to you to notice you can do quite well.
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A 46-year-old member asked:

Is congestive heart failure inherited?

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Dr. Mark Milunski
Cardiology 37 years experience
Heart failure: Yes, heart failure can be inherited through certain types of heart diseases called cardiomyopathy's. One such condition is called familial dilated cardiomyopathy. There are centers around the United States that can perform genetic testing for this condition.
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A 23-year-old member asked:

What are possible cures of congestive heart failure?

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Dr. Louis Grenzer
Cardiology 55 years experience
Many treatments: It would probably be more corrrect to talk about things which control the congestive heart failure. There are many medications which control but really do not cure it. Sometimes cardiomyopathies resolve and no longer require medicine so that would be considered a cure, i think. If the heart failure is because of a valve problem which is corrected you might "cure" the heart failure(fix valve).
A 31-year-old member asked:

What happens in congestive heart failure?

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Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 38 years experience
Fluid retention: When the heart is not functioning normally, neurologic and endocrine signals are sent to the kidney to retain salt and water. Fluid buildup in the body causing shortness of breath and swelling of the lower extremities.

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