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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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My mother has congestive heart failure with kidney failure and fluid build up in her lungs. Been in hospital on & off for 3 months. Death soon?

My mother has congestive heart failure with kidney failure and fluid build up in her lungs.  Been in hospital on & off for 3 months. Death soon?

Depends,: The details that matter include how bad are kidneys eg stage 3, 4, 5? And how bad is heart ejection fraction ef, how low? 30, 20, 10? How responsive is she to water pills? Does she have other illnesses (comorbidities)? She sounds certainly very ill. Ask her doc about more information including above questions and the discussion will flow more naturally to better answer the question of longevity. ...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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Need info on sign and symptoms of congestive heart failure?

Need info on sign and symptoms of congestive heart failure?

Symptoms: Include shortness of breath at rest and with exertion , particularly when lying down, swelling in the ankles and feet, fatigue to name a few.See your doctor ...Read more

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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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What are some common symptoms of advanced congestive heart failure?

What are some common symptoms of advanced congestive heart failure?

Multiple: Shortness of breath at rest, inability to stand up from bed and walk ( ny class iv) accumulation of fluid starting with the legs up to the whole body and lungs causing crackle sounds in the chest, lowering of blood pressure, tahycardia ( unless taking beta blockers)and worsening of the kidney function and sometimes even worsening of the liver function ( because the congestion). ...Read more

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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 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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I had congestive heart faliure in 8/2009. Will i always have congestive heart failure? I no longer have any symptoms. I can do all things. I did b4

I had congestive heart faliure in 8/2009. Will i always have congestive heart  failure?  I no longer have any symptoms. I can do all things. I did b4

Depends.: Will need to ask your doc. Some types of failure are completely reversible. Ps the reason we can't answer this question is that "heart failure" is not a diagnosis. It is the common end of multiple pathways. If we knew your diagnosis (for example viral myocarditis or ischemic cardiomyopathy) we could answer this better. ...Read more

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Can anyone help me understand about congestive heart failure--cause, cure, symptoms?

Can anyone help me understand about congestive heart failure--cause, cure, symptoms?

One day at a time: I have many patient living very productive lives. Doctor needs to treat the conditions that makes heart weak (htn, atrial fibrillation, irregular heart beats, anemia, diabetes, cholesterol, stroke prevention etc) . Balance eating, exercise, and mostimportant pma (positive mental attitude). ...Read more

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 ...Read more