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Doctor insights on: Congested Heart Failure Symptoms And Distended Neck Veins

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Left neck vein bulges. Is that left heart failure?

Left neck vein bulges. Is that left heart failure?

Probably not: First, neck vein distension can be caused by many things, only one of which is heart failure. Second, if it were due to heart failure, it would likely be on both sides, and then would reflect problems on the right heart. But since the most common cause of right heart failure is left heart failure, neck vein distension is a sign of heart failure. But not likely in you. Talk to your own doctor. ...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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Could a distended jugular vein be possible right sided heart failure? Either primary or secondary to left sided heart failure.

Could a distended jugular vein be possible right sided heart failure? Either primary or secondary to left sided heart failure.

Jugular vein: Yes it is a classical sign but tricky to assess. So your Dr needs to have you at about 45 degrees and observe it carefully as you breath and then check it as he lowers the angle of your lying. ...Read more

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My left jugular vein is very distended when my head is below my heart and neck feels swollen, feel pressure in chest, could this be heart failure?

My left jugular vein is very distended when my head is below my heart and neck feels swollen, feel pressure in chest, could this be heart failure?

Could be normal: When the head is below your heart the jugular can get distended and the upper body can feel "congested". If you are ok when the had is at chest level and sitting up, and if you are able to walk quickly, slow jog without significant shortness of breath or chest discomfort the heart failure is unlikely. Symptoms of heart failure include exercise intolerance, air hunger lying flat and leg swelling. ...Read more

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How strong can your heart get after congested heart failure?

How strong can your heart get after congested heart failure?

Normal: Some people can normalize, depending on appropriate therapy. ...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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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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Does dislocated neck, cranial nerve damages, and resulting heart failure cause liver failure and ascites? Is this medical neglects by the hospitals & health care providers? We have told the doctors/nurses/lawyers this isue many times and they just covered

Does dislocated neck, cranial nerve damages, and resulting heart failure cause liver failure and ascites? Is this medical neglects by the hospitals & health care providers? We have told the doctors/nurses/lawyers this isue many times and they just covered

Totally garbled: Sorry, your post makes no sense at all. You seem to have some extremely fanciful notions about health & disease & what causes what. Either you've totally misunderstood what you've been told, or someone's deliberately trying to hoodwink you; or else you've jumped to the completely wrong conclusion that each of these events caused the next when in fact they just HAPPENED to occur in that order. ...Read more

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My neck veins bulge a lot when I talk, laugh, lie down, or sometimes stand upright. Is this related to heart palpitations or how my neck veins twitch?

My neck veins bulge a lot when I talk, laugh, lie down, or sometimes stand upright. Is this related to heart palpitations or how my neck veins twitch?

Normal variant: As long as you have normal blood pressure and no prior cardiac history, this is most likely a normal variant. If you are having palpitations, make sure you get that checked, that should be unrelated to prominent neck veins. ...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 the symptoms associated with right-sided heart failure?

What are the symptoms associated with 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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Can you tell me the usual symptoms of heart failure in and adult?

Can you tell me the usual symptoms of heart failure in and adult?

CHF: Heart failure may occur slowly or acutely depending on the cause of the failure. Shortness of breath, sometimes wheezing, smothering when you lay flat, sometimes swelling of your ankles are all symptoms. What is the cause since that can produce additional symptoms? ...Read more

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How are the symptoms of right sided heart failure different from left heart?

How are the symptoms of right sided heart failure different from left heart?

Findings: One must remeber that the most common cause of right heart failure is left heart failure and thuswhat is often referred to as left heart failure can represent biventricular failure. Isolated left heart failure usually manifests in pulmonary edema and shortness of breath. Right heart failure can manifest as passive liver congestion, periphera edema, elevated venous jugluar pressures, etc. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of left sided heart failure due to your heart's low output?

What are the symptoms of left sided heart failure due to your heart's low output?

Variable: These can vary tremendously from person to person. The symptoms can include fatigue, weakness, decreased exercise tolerance, shortness of breath, pulmonary edema. It can be associated with abnormal heart rhythms and also with symptoms of right heart failure as well (and commonly right heart failure symptoms do co-exist). ...Read more

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What are some symptoms of left sided heart failure due to effects on the lungs?

What are some symptoms of left sided heart failure due to effects on the lungs?

Breathing problems: Left sided heart failure and pulmonary edema (fluid in lungs) mainly results in shortness of breath (sob). Sob with exertion and at rest in worse cases. You may, also get leg, swelling in addition. You may also notice sob while lying flat. ...Read more

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Can erratic blood sugar levels mimic symptoms of heart failure?

Can erratic blood sugar levels mimic symptoms of heart failure?

Hypoglycemia: It's usually the low blood sugar that can cause symptoms of sweating, confusion, dizziness, headache, blurry vision and if you do have heart problem, it can cause heart attack if low enough with the symptoms of heart attack. Note that up to 1/3 of people with diabetes may have heart attack without the classic symptoms. ...Read more

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Is muscle ache a symptom of heart failure?

No: Heart failure usually presents as fatigue, shortness of breath upon exertion, leg swelling, fatigue upon laying down, weakness but unusual as a muscle ache. ...Read more

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Is a rapid heart rate one of the symptoms of congestive heart failure or coronary disease?

Is a rapid heart rate one of the symptoms of congestive heart failure or coronary disease?

Not primary symptom: Congestive heart failure may be associated with rapid heart beat but this is not the primary symptom. Rapid heart beat is not usually a sign of coronary artery disease. Rapid heart beat can also occur in otherwise normal hearts. ...Read more

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Why did I feel so good for 6 weeks after bi vent icd placement then heart failure symptoms returned? I have idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy.

Why did I feel so good for 6 weeks after bi vent icd placement then heart failure symptoms returned? I have idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy.

BiV ICD: Sometimes the programming of the device needs to be changed or some other event has changed the relation of the device to the heart. Let your cardiologist know and the device can be analyzed to see if something can be done. ...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 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

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What are some symptoms of heart failure in women I should look for?

What are some symptoms of heart failure in women I should look for?

One, two or many: Shortness of breath, cough, chest tightness or congested feeling, fatigue, leg swelling, abdominal bloating, cold sensation and decreased exercise tolerance are some of the symptoms. ...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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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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What are the signs and symptoms of left sided heart failure due associated with pulmonary congestion?

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

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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When used as a screening tool. Does an nt-probnp of 135 pg/ml dicate heart failure in a 28 year old female. No other symptoms.

No: Something is seriously wrong here. Perhaps a misunderstanding. As a pathologist, let me reassure you that the lab is an adjunct to the history and physical exam. You don't screen with labs for CHF. You ask about exercise tolerance. And 300 is the cutoff below which CHF is ruled out in sick people. Most CHF patients have it way-way-high. ...Read more

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


Dr. Ted King
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Veins (Definition)

Veins are thin walled vessels that carry deoxygenated blood ...Read more