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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?

Depends on type: Most heart failure is related to one of two things; 1. Ischemic heart disease (i.e. Heart attacks) risk factors for which include diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, smoking, and family history. This causes the muscle of the heart to weaken and pump poorly. 2. Uncontrolled hypertension which can lead the heart muscle to become thickened and stiff and also impairs pumping ability.

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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 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).

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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. Alert doctor to any increases.
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Take medications as 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.

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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.

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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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Managing Mild Kidney Failure (Checklist)

Make certain your blood pressure is at the low prescribed target
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Make certain your cholesterol has been monitored and treated
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Make certain your blood sugars are well managed
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Minimize weight gain and lose weight if you are overweight.
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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".

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Treating an Abnormal Heart Rhythm (Checklist)

Make healthy lifestyle choices
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Stop smoking and avoid second-hand 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.

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What can be done to diagnose congestive heart failure when also have bronchopneumonia?

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.

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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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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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