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Acute heart failure/myopathy from an autoimmune disease or virus/bacteria... Wouldn't this cause an abnormal CBC, C-RP & ESR??

Acute heart failure/myopathy from an autoimmune disease or virus/bacteria... Wouldn't this cause an abnormal CBC, C-RP & ESR??

Not necessarily: All these are general tests , not specific to a certain disease, you can have all what you mentioned with normal values of the said tests, ...Read more

Dr. Joseph Shen
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Heart Failure (Definition)

Heart failure is a complex set of conditions in which the heart "fails" to pump a normal amount of blood with each beat. This can be due to poor squeezing function (systolic heart failure) and/or a stiff heart incapable of filling normally (diastolic heart failure). Common symptoms include swelling and trouble breathing, particularly when ...Read more


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What are the ways that people go from leukemia to heart failure?

What are the ways that people go from leukemia to heart failure?

Indirectly: Leukemias are liquid cancers. Some chemotherapy agents kill leukemia cells but also permanently damage and or kill cardiac cells.Some patients get cured of their leukemias to succumb later to complications of heart failure. Some, specially children may be a candidate to heart transplant if the leukemia has been cured over 5 years. Still, inmmunosuppresion can lead to lethal infections or cancer. ...Read more

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How is the heart failure, chest pain treated?

How is the heart failure, chest pain treated?

See below.: Very differently depending on the cause. Too large a subject to cover in a few lines. ...Read more

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What are the signs of lupus and heart failure ?

What are the signs of lupus and heart failure ?

Shortness of breath: You will be short of breath -- worse with lying down and sometimes accompanied by leg swelling. ...Read more

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What distinguishes a heart attack from heart failure?

What distinguishes a heart attack from heart failure?

Different conditions: A heart attack is an occlusion of a coronary artery that leads to no blood supply to part of the heart muscle which can lead to permanent heart damage. This can lead to heart failure which is a drop in the pumping action of the heart leading to shortness of breath, leg swelling , fatigue. This can also be caused by valvular heart disease. ...Read more

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Why is adrenaline not the medication for heart failure?

Why is adrenaline not the medication for heart failure?

Not useful: Adrenaline is only used during cardiac arrest to "restart" the heart. It has a very short half-life and is metabolized very fast. One of the long-term complications of heart failure is caused by too much adrenaline production to try to stimulate the heart. Beta-blocker medications block the long-term effects of adrenaline and reduce mortality from heart failure. ...Read more

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I have heart disease & heart failure, should I be concerned?

I have heart disease & heart failure, should I be concerned?

Heart failure: Heart disease and heart failure are fairly nonspecific terms. In general you need a diagnosis of what the disease is and how much cardiac dysfunction is present and what the prognosis attendant to the diagnosis is. There is a difference between systolic and diastolic dysfunction heart failure for instance. Talk to your Doctor and ask for an explanation of the diagnosis and the prognosis. ...Read more

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Why is it that adrenaline is contraindicated in heart failure?

CHF: Adrenaline stimulates the heart and vascular vigorously and can trigger arrhtymias and muscle fatigue worsening the heart failure. We do use adrenaline sometimes during cardiac arrest in the hope it will get things going. ...Read more

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Can EKG detect heart failure?

Can EKG detect heart failure?

No : Heart failure is a clinical diagnosis. The classic, accepted definition of heart failure is heart disease that limits the cardiovascular system to delivery adequate oxygen to meet the body's demands/needs. There are many heart diseases that can cause heart failure. An ECG may provide a clue to the diagnosis of several of those diseases. ...Read more

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Can ECG detect heart failure?

Can ECG detect heart failure?

Not exactly: Heart failure is a clinical syndrome that entails either lung symptoms (shortness of breath, cough, difficulty lying flat) or peripheral symptoms (lower extremity swelling) that are caused by one of a number of heart conditions. So good old fashioned history and physical exam are best. Having said that, depending on the specific cause of heart failure, the ECG may provide corroborating evidence. ...Read more

Decompensation (Definition)

Decompensation literally means off equilibrium or off balance, or off baseline. Let's say one has a chronic condition, such as heart failure. When the symptoms become worse and force you to call your doctor or go to the emergency room, you could say that ...Read more