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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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What do you suggest if my husband has CHF shortness of breath?

What do you suggest if my husband has CHF shortness of breath?

Treatment: Diuretics, angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitor, and beta-blocker make up the mainstay of treatment. Digoxin is often used. If he has any reversible underlying causes like hibernating myocardium or uncontrolled HBP, those should be addressed. If he has an EF ...Read more

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I have shortness of breath and chest pain when exercising; is it possible that a 21y/o man can develop chf? How can one tell? Thanks.

I have shortness of breath and chest pain when exercising; is it possible that a 21y/o man can develop chf? How can one tell? Thanks.

Very unlikely: While CHF can occur in young people, it is uncommon. Drugs, poor health and congenital disorders may cause CHF at a young age. It is normal to have some discomfort and shortness of breath when exercising as it is stressing your body to do things you wouldn't do at rest. See your physician if concerned. ...Read more

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Shortness of breath,chest pounding hard , dizzy for two weeks. Have CHF class 2/3 . Dr ordered bnp. Will it show changes from the past two weeks?

Likely if CHF: B-natriuretic peptide levels are generally very sensitive to acute and chronic changes in high ventricular filling pressures and volume expansion, thus making it a helpful test to tell if symptoms are related to CHF or other causes of such symptoms (like COPD or pneumonia.) Even for patients with a chronically increased BNP, a test result above their baseline can help suggest CHF exacerbation. ...Read more

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Stable heart failure but recently severe shortness of breath and his nt pro bnp result was 1940. Recurrent heart failure?

Stable heart failure but recently severe shortness of breath and his nt pro bnp result was 1940. Recurrent heart failure?

I'll bet so: Perhaps a treatable cause for his deteriorating cardiac status can be found. I'm glad you're writing on his behalf, and I hope you will have more good times with him, for however much longer he may have. ...Read more

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When you are having shortness of breath from dcm and heart failure is there anything you can do to help with this symptom?

When you are having shortness of breath from dcm and heart failure is there anything you can do to help with this symptom?

Yes, typically: If your symptoms are due to becoming fluid overloaded, you may need your diuretic (water pill) adjusted. There are other medication changes which can also be made, depending on your blood pressure, etc. Sometimes people who are quite symptomatic from heart failure benefit from biventricular pacemakers. Also eecp can help some. If all measures fail, then may need to consider heart transplant. ...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


Dr. Luis Villaplana
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Shortness Of Breath (Definition)

Breathlessness is the sensation of not being able to catch one's breath. It may be seen in asthma, heart failure, ...Read more