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What is congestive heart failure? Symptoms .

What is congestive heart failure?  Symptoms .

Hrt StiffnessWeaknes: With increased stiffness &/or weakness of heart pumping (muscle &/or valve problems), brain reflexes ? thirst/water intake & ? water output from kidneys; thus body water increases driving congestion (edema). If heart function not too sick, the ? water/blood volume improves pump function; but no limit to the reflex & the increased water (edema) can fill the lungs (can't breath) & legs/body swells. ...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 lisinopril improve symptoms for congestive heart failure?

Can lisinopril improve symptoms for congestive heart failure?

CHF and lisinopril: Lisinopril can help treat congestive heart failure (chf). It is cardio-protective and can be used effectively with diuretics and a low sodium diet. Ask your doctor for more details on how it can work in certain patients. ...Read more

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What are some congestive heart failure symptoms?

What are some congestive heart failure symptoms?

Several: 1. Shortness of breath with activity 2. Lower extremity edema / fluid retention 3. Weight gain secondary to #2 4. Sleeping on several pillows or upright due to shortness of breath laying flat 5. Waking up in the middle of the night due to shortness of breath. 6. Fatigue with exertional activity. ...Read more

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Are heart failure and congestive heart failure similar?

Are heart failure and congestive heart failure similar?

Yes: Heart failure is a colloquial term for the formal "congestive heart failure" diagnosis. The term "congestive" refers to the fact that with heart failure, fluid backs up in to the lungs, causing lung congestion and shortness of breath. ...Read more

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How are congestive heart failure and chronic heart failure different?

Volume status: Congestive identifies somebodey with volume overload. Heart failure may be present without having overt "congestion" currently. ...Read more

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Does congestive heart failure cause hallucinations?

Does congestive heart failure cause hallucinations?

No.: No. If a person with CHF were having hallucinations, I'd suspect a medication side effect. People with CHF take a lot of pills. ...Read more

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What causes congestive heart failure to produce heavy breathing?

What causes congestive heart failure to produce heavy breathing?

Elevated pressure: Heart failure causes elevated filling pressures in the heart which then reflect back in the lungs. The elevated pressures in thelungs causes fluid to extravasate into the parenchyma, which causes shortness of breath and dyspnea. ...Read more

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What are the congestive heart failure signs and symptoms?

What are the congestive heart failure signs and symptoms?

SOB & edema: Sob & edema are typical...Chest x-ray & echocardiogram are usually part of the initial evaluation. ...Read more

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Can you describe congestive heart failure?

Can you describe congestive heart failure?

Many symptoms: Shortness of breath, fatigue, fluid retention, edema, decreased oxygenation and ascites, pleural effusion. It is a progressive disease and, left untreated, 50% of patients will die in 5 years - in general a worse prognosis than cancer. ...Read more

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How are pulmonary hypertension, congestive heart failure interrelated?

How are pulmonary hypertension, congestive heart failure interrelated?

Closely: Impaired left heart function leads to elevated filling pressure of the left heart and this pressure is transmitted to the right heart creating pulmonary htn, this is the most common cause of pulmonary htn. When the right heart is the primary heart disease it reuslts in the right heart enlarging and pushing into the left heart. This will impair the forward flow of blood by the heart. ...Read more

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Can anaphylaxis cause congestive heart failure?

Can anaphylaxis cause congestive heart failure?

Only at the moment: It may cause cardiovascular collapse when the anaphylaxis is severe. This is more from reduction of plasma volume in the vascular bed than actual cardiac failure- but the result would be the same since the heart will not be able to provide enough blood supply to the body. CHF is from the heart's inability to pump enough blood through your vascular system despite adequate or even high plasma volume. ...Read more

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Does congestive heart failure usually cause many symptoms?

Does congestive heart failure usually cause many symptoms?

Yes: Typical symptoms are shortness of breath, swelling to the extremities, easy fatigue and poor exercise tolerance. ...Read more

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Heart and lung desease symptoms?

Heart and lung desease symptoms?

Many!: There are many symptoms patients complain of that may relate to the heart and lungs--shortness of breath, chest pain, chest pressure, wheezing, and cough are common. Doctors will ask more questions and sometimes order certain tests to narrow the focus to a specific organ system. ...Read more

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Does ist (inappropriate sinus tachycardia) cause heart attack symptoms?

Does ist (inappropriate sinus tachycardia) cause heart attack symptoms?

Unlikely: Sinus tachycardia is normal with exercize, activities, excitement, and common with fever and illnesses. In the face of coronary disease, a fast heart beat can increase demand and precipitate events. ...Read more

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What are the signs and symptoms of left sided heart failure with pulmonary congestion?

Heart failure: Pulmonary congestion caused by fluid build-up in the lungs leading to shortness of breath is the main symptom of left-sided heart failure. This can progress to lower extremity swelling and abdominal bloating as the disease process worsens. ...Read more

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Does chest congestion cause heart palpitations?

Does chest congestion cause heart palpitations?

Generic symptoms: Palpitations is a very non specific or generic symptom which means anything in theory cause it. Whether the palpitations are something pathologic like an abnormal heart rhythm requires more careful evaluation by your doctors. ...Read more

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How severe is congestive heart failure?

How severe is congestive heart failure?

No Symptoms to Fatal: Like most issues, varies very widely. CHF typically progresses slowly over years to decades & is not recognized until symptoms become severe enough that people finally seek help (way down the road) due to shortness of breath (lung edema), leg edema, increasing fatigue, etc. Alternatively, it can be detected early, before symptomatic, in several ways; good quality echocardiography probably best. ...Read more

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What are the signs and symptoms of left sided heart failure associated with pulmonary congestion?

What are the signs and symptoms of left sided heart failure associated with pulmonary congestion?

Orthopnea: Fatlgue, shortness of breath on lying down or nocturnal shortness of breath, in severe cases, coughing up pink frothy mucous , restlessness, cold sweats etc. ...Read more

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Is congested heart failure a disability?

Is congested heart failure a disability?

Depends....: People can be disabled from congestive heart failure if it is severe enough. If it is not too severe and/ or it can be controlled with medical therapy, then the person can have a high enough functional status that they would not be disabled from it. ...Read more

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Canu take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) allergy medicine if taking medicine for congested heart failure?

Canu take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) allergy medicine if taking medicine for congested heart failure?

Be Careful: You can, but be careful. Patients with heart failure will usually be on a lot of medications and the Benadryl (diphenhydramine) may interact with them. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) will make you sleepy and may affect your breathing. This could make your symptoms worse. ...Read more

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Will a cardiac mri/mra show congested heart failure, blocked arteries, etc? What all will it show?

Will a cardiac mri/mra show congested heart failure, blocked arteries, etc? What all will it show?

It Varies: Cardiac MRI will show heart function, valves, and if they give contrast, can show evidence of prior heart attacks. Sometimes it can show blocked arteries, but it's not the best study to look at these. ...Read more

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What's congestive heart failure, and why do they call it congested?

What's congestive heart failure, and why do they call it congested?

CHF: Treatment depends on what the cause of the CHF is. Could be surgical, could be medical. Systolic CHF is different from diastolic CHF and valvar stenosis CHF is different from valvar insufficiency chf. Virtually all kinds have diuretic as part of the treatment. ...Read more

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I had congestive heart failure in November of 2014 and now I am congested all the time. I have never been congested before. Is the CHF why?

I had congestive heart failure in November of 2014 and now I am congested all the time. I have never been congested before. Is the CHF why?

Very likely: It is not exactly clear to me what you mean that you are congested all the time. If the problem is that you are short of breath are weak fatigued dizzy lightheaded or are filling up with fluid in your legs or in other places, you need to see your doctor as soon as possible. I would suggest a follow-up visit as soon as possible in any case and have a review of the medication that you're taking . ...Read more

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What are symptoms of heart failure?

What are symptoms of heart failure?

Shortness of breath: Shortness of breth with activity then at rest. Patients wake up from their sleep with breathing difficulty. To be able to sleep better they keep their head elevated with multiple pillows. They get short of breath when they lay flat. Edema in the legs and fluid retention is another findings. Patients may get tired and have dry cough. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of heart failure.?

What are symptoms of heart failure.?

Breathless: Below are the more common symptoms but usually starts with breathlessness on exertion and decreased exercise tolerance; Feeling breathless on exertion and when lying flat. waking up in the night breathless. ankle swelling. cough. fatigue. decreased exercise tolerance. confusion in elderly. nausea or abdominal pain. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of heart failure?

What are the symptoms of heart failure?

Right or Left: Generally, left heart failure causes you to be short of breath (breathlessness). This is generally worse when you exert yourself (for example, walking up hill) or when you are lying flat in bed. This shortness of breath can be associated with a cough. The main symptom of right heart failure is swollen ankles and legs (buildup of fluid) Your liver may also become enlarged. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of heart failure in women?

What are symptoms of heart failure in women?

Several symptoms: The most common symptoms are fatigue, decreased exercise tolerance, shortness of breath with exertion, shortness of breath at night, need to use more pillows to sleep, swelling in the abdomen or legs, weight gain due to fluid buildup. If you experience any of these symptoms, see a cardiologist right away. ...Read more

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What are some of the symptoms of heart failure?

CHF: Shortness of breath with activities or even at rest, orthopnea, paroxysmal nocturnal dyspnea (sob and cough at night), palpitations, chest pain, ankle edema, fatigue. All above symptoms depend how acute or chronic is the cause if the chf. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of left sided heart failure?

Swelling: The left side of the heart pumps blood throughout your body. When it fails, it decreases blood flow to organs. This can cause kidney injury, liver injury, fatigue, shortness of breath with little exertion, swelling of the feet and legs, fluid build-up in the lungs, and difficulty sleeping flat due to shortness of breath. Medications and diet are important for this disease! ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of left-sided heart failure?

What are the symptoms of left-sided heart failure?

Congestion: Breathlessness, especially with exertion. Easy fatigability. Impaired exercise capacity. These are early signs. Without treatment, one becomes short of breath resting, especially when lying down (orthopnea) and at night (paroxysmal nocturnal dyspnea). Eventually the right heart also fails leading to swelling (edema), abdominal fluid (ascites and effusions), and cachexia (wasting). ...Read more

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What are common symptoms of heart failure in women?

What are common symptoms of heart failure in women?

SOB, Edema: In both men and women shortness of breath, lower extremity edema, dyspnea on exertion, and on lying flat. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of right sided heart failure?

What are the symptoms of right sided heart failure?

Symptoms rt heart fa: Rt sided heart failure is due to long standing high blood pressure in pulmonary arteriesand right ventricle of the heart.Symptoms are shortness of breath and lightheadedness during activities, chest discomfort or pain, swelling of feet and ankles.Symptoms of underlying cause wheezing and cough and fainting spells with activities. ...Read more

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How is heart failure diagnosed? What are the symptoms?

How is heart failure diagnosed? What are the symptoms?

Multiple tests: -Based on Signs and symptoms A blood test to check for a substance called natriuretic peptide -Other tests such as a chest X-ray, a urine test or other blood tests may also be advised to rule out other causes of the symptoms. -A 'heart tracing' (electrocardiogram, or ECG). Also, an ultrasound scan of the heart (echocardiogram) may be done. Refer to: http://patient.info/health/heart-failure-leaflet ...Read more

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What are the first clinical symptoms of heart failure?

SOB: It could be related to fluid overload like short of breath, fulness in neck vessels or swelling feet or signs of reduced cardias output like fatigue or later orthopnea , paroxysmal nocturnal dyspnea. ...Read more

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What are some typical symptoms of heart failure in women?

See below: Shortness of breath on exertion or at night lying flat are common. Swelling of the legs (edema) with resultant weight gain and fatigue are common. ...Read more

Dr. Bennett Werner
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Congestive Heart Failure (Definition)

A condition in which the heart muscle is weakened and cannot supply the body with ...Read more