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Dr. Bennett Werner
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Congestive Heart Failure (Definition)

Basically, it is a condition in which your heart becomes an inefficient pump. As a result, fluid backs up into your lungs and also your lower extremities. There are numerous causes for this but ischemic heart disease is the most common cause. This can be diagnosed by laboratory test, chest xray, as well as an echo or ultrasound of your heart.

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What is the definition or description of: congestive heart failure?

What is the definition or description of: congestive heart failure?

CHF...: Basically, it is a condition in which your heart becomes an inefficient pump. As a result, fluid backs up into your lungs and also your lower extremities. There are numerous causes for this but ischemic heart disease is the most common cause. This can be diagnosed by laboratory test, chest xray, as well as an echo or ultrasound of your heart. ...Read 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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Living with Congestive Heart Failure (Tip)

Living with Congestive Heart Failure

Don't eat too much canned food, it contains too much sodium don't eat too much frozen food. ...See more

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Living with Congestive Heart Failure (Checklist)

Weigh yourself daily. Alert doctor to any increases.
Daily
Take medications as prescribed
Once
Tell the doctor if your legs swell or you get short of breath
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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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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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Living with Congestive Heart Failure (Checklist)

Weigh yourself
Weekly
Limit your salt intake
Once
Call your doctor if you gain more than 5 pounds
Once
Take your medications as prescribed
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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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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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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

Cardiac (Definition)

Cardiac is also known as Heart. Cardiac translates literally to "heart, " and any place the term is seen, such ...Read more

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