A 41-year-old female asked:
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is it possible to be experiencing heart failure with shortness of breath without significant swelling of the feet or hands?

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Dr. Edwin Schuller
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
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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
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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