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Doctor insights on: Congestive Heart Falure

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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


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Is congestive heart failure inherited?

Is congestive heart failure inherited?

Sometimes inherited: Certain causes of congestive heart failure are inherited (example genetic enzyme deficiencies leading to dilated cardiomyopathy or hypertension which can may directly or indirectly lead to chf). CHF has multiple other causes including acquired injuries to the heart (like in coronary disease) wherein genetics play a role as one of the risks. ...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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How are pulmonary hypertension, congestive heart failure interrelated?

How are pulmonary hypertension, congestive heart failure interrelated?

Closely: Impaired left heart function leads to elevated filling pressure of the left heart and this pressure is transmitted to the right heart creating pulmonary htn, this is the most common cause of pulmonary htn. When the right heart is the primary heart disease it reuslts in the right heart enlarging and pushing into the left heart. This will impair the forward flow of blood by the heart. ...Read more

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Congestive heart failure, kidney failure and staph?

Congestive heart failure, kidney failure and staph?

CHF, kidney, staph: Patients with a staph infection can have an endocarditis, which affects the heart valves. Once it is on a valve, septic emboli can be sent to other places, the brain, retina, bone or kidney. Those emboli to the kidney can cause renal failure. A damaged heart valve can also cause chf. I would imagine the person you are talking about is in the hospital, perhaps you should speak to her doctor. ...Read more

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Does congestive heart failure cause hallucinations?

Does congestive heart failure cause hallucinations?

No.: No. If a person with CHF were having hallucinations, I'd suspect a medication side effect. People with CHF take a lot of pills. ...Read more

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How are congestive heart failure and chronic heart failure different?

How are congestive heart failure and chronic heart failure different?

Volume status: Congestive identifies somebodey with volume overload. Heart failure may be present without having overt "congestion" currently. ...Read more

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What is congestive heart failure?

What is congestive heart failure?

Weakened heart: A normal heart will eject (ef) about 60% of blood from main chamber (left ventricle) out aorta and feeds entire body with oxygenated blood. When this muscle chamber, size of fist, develops weakness of some of it's walls (heart attack, eg) or is constricted (pericarditis) etc, then it starts failing, ef decreases, backup pressure develops, fluid builds up in lungs or legs and CHF has occurred. ...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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Can heart failure cause renal failure?

Can heart failure cause renal failure?

Yes: Heart failure can cause decreased blood flow to the kidneys, causing decreased renal function. Renal failure can also exacerbate heart failure by increasing blood pressure and decreasing salt elimation, resulting in intravascular volume overload, resulting in increased pressure in the chambers of the left side of the heart. ...Read more

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What are congestive heart failure and coronary artery disease?

What are congestive heart failure and coronary artery disease?

Overlap: Atherosclerosis develops in our coronaries and can cause damage to heart. Some other diseases damage heart as well! viral, rheumatic, infections etc when enough muscle damage has happened, then heart failure, poor pumping, and congestion will occur- called CHF congestive heart failure. ...Read more

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How fatal is congestive heart failure?

How fatal is congestive heart failure?

Minimal to Rapidly: Like most issues, varies widely. CHF typically progresses slowly over yrs to decades & not recognized until symptoms are severe enough that people finally seek help (way down the road) due to shortness of breath (lung edema), leg edema, increasing fatigue, etc. Alternatively, if detected early, before symptomatic, & txed aggressively, lipoproteins, BbA1c, BP, ACEI+coreg, can significantly reverse. ...Read more

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Does congestive heart failure cause axilla edema?

Does congestive heart failure cause axilla edema?

CHF: CHF would have to have right heart failure to cause axillary edema. Some obstruction of venous outflow from the upper extremity would also work towards causing axillary edema. ...Read more

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How does hypertension and congestive heart failure correlate?

How does hypertension and congestive heart failure correlate?

One canlead to other: Hypertension can cause changes in the heart like overgrowth of the heart muscle or weakening of the muscle through plaque build up in the arteries that feed the heart or degradation of the heart valves. These changes can then cause the pump to fail, and when it doesn't pump well, fluid tends to build up in places like the lungs and we call that congestive heart failure. ...Read more

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What happens in congestive heart failure?

What happens in congestive heart failure?

Fluid retention: When the heart is not functioning normally, neurologic and endocrine signals are sent to the kidney to retain salt and water. Fluid buildup in the body causing shortness of breath and swelling of the lower extremities. ...Read more

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