A 41-year-old female asked:
is it possible to be experiencing heart failure with shortness of breath without significant swelling of the feet or hands?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Edwin Schuller answered
45 years experience Family Medicine
Yes: Probably early CHF based on those historical facts although your f.P. Will need to work up other diagnoses.
Answered on Aug 4, 2015
Dr. Calvin Weisberger answered
51 years experience Cardiology
CHF : Shortness of breath is a left heart failure symptom. Swelling of feet/hands is a right heart failure finding. Peripheral edema can appear long after shortness of breath when right heart failure is due to left heart failure.
Answered on Aug 15, 2013
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