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What are the symptoms of heart failure?

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Dr. Robert Binford
Thoracic Surgery 38 years experience
There are several: The symptoms associated with heart failure often depend on the severity of failure. People can experience shortness of breath and fatigue. Some are unable to lie flat w/o sob (orthopnea) and sometimes they suddenly wake up short of breath. They may need to urinate many times at night. Frequent cough with frothy white sputum can occur. And sometimes chest pain. There are many more.
Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
Internal Medicine 41 years experience
The symptoms of Heart failure include:: Difficulty breathing, Crackles in lungs, Chest pain, Difficulty breathing when lying down, Lower leg swelling, Enlarged liver, Pounding heartbeat, Pleural effusion, Wheezing, Nocturia, Cough, Fever, Heart murmur, Distended neck veins, Enlarged heart, Swelling, Fatigue, Lethargy.
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Breathless: Below are the more common symptoms but usually starts with breathlessness on exertion and decreased exercise tolerance; Feeling breathless on exertion and when lying flat. waking up in the night breathless. ankle swelling. cough. fatigue. decreased exercise tolerance. confusion in elderly. nausea or abdominal pain.
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Right or Left: Generally, left heart failure causes you to be short of breath (breathlessness). This is generally worse when you exert yourself (for example, walking up hill) or when you are lying flat in bed. This shortness of breath can be associated with a cough. The main symptom of right heart failure is swollen ankles and legs (buildup of fluid) Your liver may also become enlarged.
Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 23 years experience
Fatigue and ...: Fatigue and shortness of breath are common symptoms of congestive heart failure along with, at times, leg edema. Unfortunately, none of these symptoms are specific to heart failure and one has to have an evaluation by a cardiologist before the diagnosis is made.
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CHF: Shortness of breath with activities or even at rest, orthopnea, paroxysmal nocturnal dyspnea (sob and cough at night), palpitations, chest pain, ankle edema, fatigue. All above symptoms depend how acute or chronic is the cause if the chf.
Dr. Christopher White
Cardiology 43 years experience
Edema: Ankle swelling, and shortness of breath are common symptoms of heart failure.
Dr. Charles Turck
Pharmacology 17 years experience
Several; see below: Symptoms of heart failure include: shortness of breath; sometimes breathing more easily while sitting straight up or standing; tiredness, weakness, or dizziness; rapid or irregular heartbeat; swollen ankles, legs or abdomen; and weight gain. Whether some or all of these symptoms occur may depend on the severity of heart failure.
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Breathless: Below are the more common symptoms but usually starts with breathlessness on exertion and decreased exercise tolerance; Feeling breathless on exertion and when lying flat. waking up in the night breathless. ankle swelling. cough. fatigue. decreased exercise tolerance. confusion in elderly. nausea or abdominal pain.
Dr. Rick Koch
Cardiology 22 years experience
Dr. Ehsan Ansari
Cardiology 30 years experience
Shortness of breath: Shortness of breth with activity then at rest. Patients wake up from their sleep with breathing difficulty. To be able to sleep better they keep their head elevated with multiple pillows. They get short of breath when they lay flat. Edema in the legs and fluid retention is another findings. Patients may get tired and have dry cough.
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Breathlessness: Below are the more common symptoms but usually starts with breathlessness on exertion and decreased exercise tolerance; Feeling breathless on exertion and when lying flat. waking up in the night breathless. ankle swelling. cough. fatigue. decreased exercise tolerance. confusion in elderly. nausea or abdominal pain.

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What are symptoms of heart failure in women?

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Dr. Liviu Klein
Cardiology 23 years experience
Several symptoms: The most common symptoms are fatigue, decreased exercise tolerance, shortness of breath with exertion, shortness of breath at night, need to use more pillows to sleep, swelling in the abdomen or legs, weight gain due to fluid buildup. If you experience any of these symptoms, see a cardiologist right away.
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A 39-year-old female asked:

How is heart failure diagnosed? What are the symptoms?

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Dr. Rashed Hasan
Pediatrics 31 years experience
Heart failure: is diagnosed based on symptoms of: shortness of breath with activity, at rest, or while lying supine (in that order as the severity increases), swelling of the abdomen (liver: with pain in the right upper abdomen) and swelling of the legs (or back if the person is lying down all the time). Echocardiography can confirm that the function of the heart is poor.
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What symptoms are common in heart failure in women?

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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Cardiology 51 years experience
CHF: Shortness of breath, decreased exercise tolerance, swelling of feet and ankles, cough, wheezing.
A 43-year-old member asked:

What are the symptoms of right sided heart failure?

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Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 57 years experience
Symptoms rt heart fa: Rt sided heart failure is due to long standing high blood pressure in pulmonary arteriesand right ventricle of the heart.Symptoms are shortness of breath and lightheadedness during activities, chest discomfort or pain, swelling of feet and ankles.Symptoms of underlying cause wheezing and cough and fainting spells with activities.
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What are some typical symptoms of heart failure in women?

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Dr. Martin Bress
Internal Medicine 50 years experience
See below: Shortness of breath on exertion or at night lying flat are common. Swelling of the legs (edema) with resultant weight gain and fatigue are common.

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