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what happens if your heart fails?

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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Cardiology 51 years experience
Heart failure: Heart failure means the heart is not pumping adequate output to satisfy the bodies needs. Usually this results in fluid retention, fatigue, edema, and shortness of breath. There is a form called diastolic failure in which the heart pumps adequately but to do this requires high intracranial pressures and fluid retention.
Dr. Nassir Azimi
Interventional Cardiology 23 years experience
Depends: What do you mean fails. If the heart arrests, you are dead. If you mean congestive heart failure, then the fluid backs up in the tissues, the persons energy declines, the tissues suffer from hypo perfusion. The lungs become wet with fluid and the legs swell up.

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What is the treatment for a strained heart?

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If I have a small vsd, can I still be a heart donor?

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What if your heart suddenly hurts and it continually hurting for awhile?

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Dr. Stuart Hickerson
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Chest pain: Chest pain can be for various reasons. Heart pain from a clogged blood vesses is usually described as heavy or squeezing. Chest pain that is sharp can be from your heart and this can be from the sack (pericarditis) or valvular pain. Pleurisy can be confused as chest pain. If you have risk factor age, cholesterol problems, hypertension, smoker. Probably worthwhile to check out.
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A 62-year-old male asked:

What is fluid in the heart chambers?

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Dr. Robert Greer
Family Medicine 44 years experience
CHF ?: I suspect you mean congestive heart failure. This disease means the heart is not pumping effectively and less than 50% is being pumped out with each beat.
A 30-year-old female asked:

What is stage 4 heart furlie mean?

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Dr. Bac Nguyen
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Severe failure: Class 4 or stage 4 heart failure means very severe and a person has symptoms such as shortness of breath even at rest. The person always has symptoms and is physically limitted and virtually dependent on someone else for activities of daily living. He/she has high risk of death and really needs a heart transplant. Please consult doc if u/or someone u know have concern. Good luck.

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