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Dr. Bennett Werner
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Congestive Heart Failure (Definition)

Congestive heart failure, otherwise known simply as heart failure, is a condition in which the heart muscle is weakened. It may be receiving inadequate blood flow, its valves might be malfunctioning or the heart muscle might have thickened or stiffened. As a result, the heart, which is a pump, cannot supply the body with sufficent oxygen and nutrients. When the left side of the heart is damaged, fluid builds up in the lungs, which results in difficulty breathing. When the right side of the heart is affected, fluid builds up in the extremities and abdomen, resulting in swelling of the legs and poor absorption of nutrients due to ...Read more


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Is CHF due mainly to heart valve disease?

Is CHF due mainly to heart valve disease?

No: The most common cause of heart disease in United States is coronary artery disease. Subsequently, coronary artery disease also causes this largest amount of congestive heart failure. Valve disease is an important cause of congestive heart failure but not the most common cause of congestive heart failure. ...Read more

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Bicuspid heart valve disease causes?

Bicuspid heart valve disease causes?

Generally yes: With aging, other factors become superimposed such as onset of coronary disease, hypertension, and senescent changes in diastolic function. Moreover, the involved valve itself may gradually deteriorate. The net effect is often progressive worsening but this may not be noticed since people tend to slow down and do less activity as they age. ...Read more

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Does IV drug abuse cause heart valve disease?

Does IV drug abuse cause heart valve disease?

Yes: Iv drug use often leads to infection of the heart valves (endocarditis) which can cause permanent damage or death. ...Read more

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Is there a heart valve disease that causes elevated systolic and diastolic blood pressures?

Is there a heart valve disease that causes elevated systolic and diastolic blood pressures?

No: Elevated systolic pressure seen in severe aortic regurgitation but not diastolic pressure . In fact diastolic pressure is low in ai resulting in wide pulse pressure . Also seen in arterio venous fistula. ...Read more

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Can you have heart valve disease without having a audible murmer?

Can you have heart valve disease without having a audible murmer?

Yes: You can have heart valve disease without a murmur. As an example, you can have a bicuspid aortic valve without a murmur, although you would tend to have an ejection click. Importantly, though, if you have an abnormal heart valve and there is not enough flow disturbance to cause a murmur, the severity of disease tends to be mild. ...Read more

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Can a 14 year old girl have heart valve disease?

Can a 14 year old girl have heart valve disease?

Yes: Some valve disorders are present at birth. The valve disorder may only be appreciated at some later stage in life. ...Read more

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Aortic heart valve disease or regurgitation what's the difference?

Aortic heart valve disease or regurgitation what's the difference?

Aortic valve disease: The two major aortic valve abnormalities are stenosis and insufficiency(regurgitation). Stenosis is like a door that doesn't open sufficiently and insufficiency is like a door that doesn't close sufficiently. When there is too much stenosis blood flow out of the heart is impeded. Too much insufficiency and the heart has to pump lots of extra blood to compensate. They can coexist. ...Read more

Dr. James Dukelow
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Valve (Definition)

A valve is a structure that regulates the direction of flow. The heart is a special kind of pump. It moves blood by squeezing and relaxing. There are 4 chambers and each chamber has a valve. This keeps blood from moving backwards when the heart squeezes. When a chamber squeezes it lets the blood move forward but when the chamber is relaxed it prevents the blood from ...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