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What are signs and symptoms of chf?

What are signs and symptoms of chf?

Breathing problems: Shortness of breath with only mild exertion associated with leg swelling are the first symtoms of chf. Then it gets worse if not treated. The patient may not be able to sleep flat and wakes up to sit up to breath better. Chest xr and blood tests and heart ultrasound confirm the diagnosis. ...Read more

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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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Can symptoms of CHF come and go?

Can symptoms of CHF come and go?

CHF symptoms: If well treated and patient very compliant symptoms can certainly be minimized and get worse when in periods of less effective control. Usually the underlying cause for CHF doesn't go away though for some lucky patients it does. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of CHF like?

Chf symptoms: Classic: shortness of breath, esp when exercising or lying down. Waking up in night short of breath. Swelling in legs or abdominal bloating. Easy fatigue. ...Read more

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What happens to someone with graves disease with chf?

What happens to someone with graves disease with chf?

Depends: The CHF may be secondary to hyperthyrodism and may improve with thyroid treatment. If you have CHF and develop graves disease it can certainly make it worse. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of CHF and COPD?

What are the symptoms of CHF and COPD?

Similar&Different: Some symptoms are similar like shortness of breath on exertion or rest,low oxygen saturation CHF causes Edema of feet and legs, COPD causes chest tightness,wheezing,lack of energy and frequent exacerbations ...Read more

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Can CHF cause me to have any COPD disease?

Can CHF cause me to have any COPD disease?

No: CHF can cause pulmonary edema, when lungs fill up with fluid, but usually is the other way around with COPD causing CHF. ...Read more

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Is wheezing a sign of CHF?

Is wheezing a sign of CHF?

Cardiac wheeze.: While it could be a symptom of other conditions, wheezing can be consistent with CHF, as the fluid thickens the interstitium and affects air flow through the smaller airways. We call that a cardiac wheeze. ...Read more

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Is there more or less correlation between symptoms and laboratory data in younger versus older adults with chf?

Is there more or less correlation between symptoms and laboratory data in younger versus older adults with chf?

CHF: The physiologic disturbances due to CHF are the same in younger people as in older, although in younger patients the causes are usually different. The main problem for the elderly is that they probably already have some degree of coronary artery disease (circulatory insufficiency) and often some lung disease, so the symptoms may be significantly worse. ...Read more

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Latest labs had pro-bnp at 227 down from 8, 000 in march 2013. Is this a good sign for the future prognosis of my chf?

Latest labs had pro-bnp at 227 down from 8, 000 in march 2013.  Is this a good sign for the future prognosis of my chf?

Unclear: While it is certainly a good prognosis that the level has decreased significantly. A more important guide to long term prognosis is really the underlying cause of the chf. ...Read more

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What to do if I have CHF from a bout with legionairres disease. my hf is between 25-30%. I should be on defib vest, but is?

What to do if I have CHF from a bout with legionairres disease. my hf is between 25-30%. I should be on defib vest, but is?

ICD: You don't need a vest. You need an internal cardiac defibrillator (ICD). You should also be treated with a beta blocker like carvedilol, an ACE inhibitor (there are scads of them), and possibly digoxin. ...Read more

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I have CHF and feel weak in my arms. Is this a condition that goes along with this disease?

I have CHF and feel weak in my arms. Is this a condition that goes along with this disease?

Not really: Unless you have profound problems from a weakened heart, in which case it can lead to overall fatigue (but not specific to the arms) ...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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How long can one live with CHF and severe kidney disease?

How long can one live with CHF and severe kidney disease?

CHF and CKD: Tough to say - depends upon reason for CHF, valve disease, heart muscle disease, and how severe kidney disease is. These can be managed with careful diet, careful balance of medications, dialysis and kidney transplant - all depends upon age of individual. ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Werner
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Congestive Heart Failure (Definition)

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 ...Read more