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Dr. Bennett Werner
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Congestive Heart Failure (Overview)

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.


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What are some risk factors for congestive heart failure?

What are some risk factors for congestive heart failure?

Significant: Heart disease and uncontrolled HTN for starters. ...Read more

Dr. Bennett Werner
761 Doctors shared insights

Congestive Heart Failure (Overview)

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.


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What are the best tests for congestive heart failure?

What are the best tests for congestive heart failure?

Three: 1. Physical exam by a trained physician, 2. Echocardiogram, 3. Blood test called NT pro-bnp (done to assess elevated pressure in the ventricle, only needed if exam and echocardiogram are not definitive). ...Read more

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Congestive heart failure (Tip)

Heart failure does not necessarily mean the heart is weak, explore the type of CHF you have. ...See more

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Living with Congestive Heart Failure (Checklist)

Weigh yourself daily, and alert your doctor if your weight increases
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Take your medications as they are prescribed
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Tell the doctor if your legs swell or you get short of breath
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What are the key symptoms of congestive heart failure?

What are the key symptoms of congestive heart failure?

Short breath, edema: Leg swelling and shortness of breath with minor activity or when lying flat are signs of chf. However, you need to know that other illnesses could present the same way making it hard for the lay person to differentiate. The solid diagnosis is done by ultrasound of the heart called echo which shows weak heart contractions. If you have these symptoms consult with your doc. ...Read more

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What are treatments for congestive heart failure?

What are treatments for congestive heart failure?

Medications: The categories of medicines used are called ace inhibitors, arb's, beta blockers, diuretics, and digoxin. Other things can be done such as salt and/or fluid restriction. Control of the underlying cause of the heart failure also needs to be considered. That might require repairing a valve, removing a blockage in an artery, or treating high blood pressure. ...Read more

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Congestive heart failure (Tip)

If you have diabetes, you are at greater risk of heart failure. ...See more

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How does congestive heart failure affect the respiratory system?

How does congestive heart failure affect the respiratory system?

Fluid: If the heart fails it allows blood and fluids to build up in the lungs causing difficulty breathing thus the term "congestion". ...Read more

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Is a rapid heart rate a symptom of congestive heart failure?

Is a rapid heart rate a symptom of congestive heart failure?

Unlikely: Though patients that have a rapid heart rate for an extended period of time (weeks to months) without having symptoms can develop congestive heart failure to a weakened heart. ...Read more

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Managing Mild Kidney Failure (Checklist)

Make certain that your blood pressure is at the low prescribed target
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Make certain that your cholesterol has been monitored and treated
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Make certain that your blood sugars are well managed
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Minimize your weight gain, and lose weight if you are overweight
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What are the signs and symptoms congestive heart failure?

What are the signs and symptoms congestive heart failure?

Shortness of breath: Shortness of breath, initially with exercise, and in more severe cases even at rest. This may be worse when lying flat and may cause awakening with shortness of breath. Frequent nighttime awakening to pass urine may occur. Swelling of the ankles may develop, engorgement of veins in the neck may be seen. In very severe cases, there may even be swelling of the abdomen. ...Read more

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What are the signs of congestive heart failure?

What are the signs of congestive heart failure?

CHF: Symptoms & signs of CHF are shortness of breath with minimal exertion, or at rest, getting tired or fatigued easily, sleepin on more than one pillow, getting up at night short of breath, swelling of both legs, retention of fluid in abdomen. ...Read more

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Congestive heart failure (Tip)

"heart failure" may be a misleading term. The heart squeezes less effectively but it can be managed! ...See more

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Treating an Abnormal Heart Rhythm (Checklist)

Make healthy lifestyle choices
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Stop smoking and avoid secondhand smoke
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Avoid excessive amounts of caffeine and alcohol
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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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What can be done to diagnose congestive heart failure when also have bronchopneumonia?

BNP level: It is iften difficult to determine how much of patient's shortness of breath is related to infection or pneumonia versus that of fluid and heart failure. A lot of times it is multifactorial and a combination of both. A bnp blood level can sometimes help differentiate both processes, as well as a good clinical exam, cxr, and history. ...Read more

Dr. Colin Kerr Dr. Kerr
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Congestive heart failure (Tip)

Exercise is very important for improving the outcome of heart failure. ...See more

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Improving Heart Health (Checklist)

Find an activity you enjoy, and do it daily for at least 20 minutes
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Intensify workouts by doing max intensity for 2 min, every 5-10 min
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What are symptoms of congestive heart failure that are visible before a diagnostic test?

What are symptoms of congestive heart failure that are visible before a diagnostic test?

Shortness of breath: Shortness of breath, initially with exercise, and in more severe cases even at rest. This may be worse when lying flat and may cause awakening with shortness of breath. Frequent nighttime awakening to pass urine may occur. Swelling of the ankles may develop, engorgement of veins in the neck may be seen. In very severe cases, there may even be swelling of the abdomen. ...Read more

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What are the best tests for congestive heart failure?

Three: 1. Physical exam by a trained physician, 2. Echocardiogram, 3. Blood test called NT pro-bnp (done to assess elevated pressure in the ventricle, only needed if exam and echocardiogram are not definitive). ...Read more

Dr. Colin Kerr Dr. Kerr
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Congestive heart failure (Tip)

A healthy lifestyle can avoid 48% of all cases of heart failure. ...See more

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What if you have congestive heart failure and a pacemaker?

What if you have congestive heart failure and a pacemaker?

Bi-Ventricular?: Ideally you have or will have a biventricular pacemaker. This type of pacemaker, pm, is designed for cardiac resynchronization therapy. It has 2 or 3 leads positioned to make the left ventricle contract at the same time - or in synchrony - as the right ventricle so that the heart beats in a more balanced way. This therapy has been known to reduce symptoms and improve quality of life for some pt. ...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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Congestive heart failure (Tip)

Most people with heart failure benefit from magnesium. Taurate, glycinate & citrate are best-absorbed. ...See more

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46 has pnuemonia and just found out she has congestive heart failure. Does this mean every time she gets sick fluid will build up around her lungs?

46 has pnuemonia and just found out she has congestive heart failure. Does this mean every time she gets sick fluid will build up around her lungs?

Not exactly: Patients with congestive heart failure develop fluid in the lung tissue as well as outside the lung as one of the complications of congestive heart failure. When the heart is not pumping effectively is does not empty properly, the blood pressure in the lungs is elevated and fluid leaks out of the vessels into the tissues. This can occur whenever the heart failure worsens, like with an infection. ...Read more

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What is used to treat congestive heart failure?

Variety of things: Congestive heart failure is treated by altering the environment in which the heart works and altering the function of the heart itself. Changing the environment can include lowering blood pressure, removing fluid from the body, or fixing a hyperactive thyroid. Fixing the heart itself can include controlling an arrhythmia, fixing a valve, or opening up a coronary artery. ...Read more

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Congestive heart failure (Tip)

Don't - drink alcohol if you have heart failure. It can weaken heart muscle & interact with meds. ...See more

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What is the longest someone not treated lived with congestive heart failure?

What is the longest someone not treated lived with congestive heart failure?

Impossible to say: You would need to know all of the people that have ever had heart failure and follow them until their death. As you can see this would be an impossible undertaking. ...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