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What happens during heart failure?

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Dr. Louis Grenzer
54 years experience in Cardiology
See below: Because the heart is weakened, it cannot pump the blood forward normally. This produces symptoms such as fatigue. Also the pressure rises within the heart resulting in a build up of fluid in the lungs and eventually involving the right side of the heart so that there is leg swelling. The body responds to the low output by releasing certain hormones which worsen the swelling. It is complex.
Answered on Apr 5, 2014
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