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Doctor insights on: Conjestive Heart Failure Symptoms

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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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Does heart failure always happen after a heart attack? What are the symptoms of heart failure and does heart attacks always lead to heart failure?

Does heart failure always happen after a heart attack? What are the symptoms of heart failure and does heart attacks always lead to heart failure?

Heart : Heart failure can cause shortness of breath, which may worsen with activity or when lying down or sleeping. Heart failure can also cause chest pain, fatigue, exercise intolerance, swelling of the legs, abdominal fullness, loss of appetite, weight gain, or heart palpitations. The symptoms are related to water retention and decreased ability for the heart to maintain adequate blood flow to the body's vital organs. Heart attacks are the most common cause of heart failure, but they do not always lead to heart failure. In the modern era, there are several ways to treat heart attacks which minimize the risk of developing heart failure later. If you have had a heart attack, it is crucial to improve your risk factors to help prevent more heart attacks or the development of heart failure. This means eating healthy, exercising, not smoking tobacco, and controlling your blood pressure and cholesterol. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have normal bnp and high c reactive protein in idcm and still have heart failure symptoms?

Is it possible to have normal bnp and high c reactive protein in idcm and still have heart failure symptoms?

Yes: A normal bnp means that your left atrial pressure is low and but you can still have a low cardiac output and feel crummy from chf. High CRP doesn't correlate with CHF symptoms. Also, bnp is a range. Bnp of <10 is very low but bnp of 100 is "normal" but may be too high for someone with idcm. Also, there is a lag time: the bnp can be rising when symptoms are present. ...Read more

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When you are having shortness of breath from dcm and heart failure is there anything you can do to help with this symptom?

When you are having shortness of breath from dcm and heart failure is there anything you can do to help with this symptom?

Yes, typically: If your symptoms are due to becoming fluid overloaded, you may need your diuretic (water pill) adjusted. There are other medication changes which can also be made, depending on your blood pressure, etc. Sometimes people who are quite symptomatic from heart failure benefit from biventricular pacemakers. Also eecp can help some. If all measures fail, then may need to consider heart transplant. ...Read more

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Is it possible to develop heart failure within 7 months of having normal Echocardiogram? Waiting results of blood work for related symptoms.

Is it possible to develop heart failure within 7 months of having normal Echocardiogram? Waiting results of blood work for related symptoms.

Yes: About half of patients with symptoms of heart failure have normal echocardiogram,as determined by a measurement called ejection Fraction. This is called Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection fraction. It is frequently seen in the elderly,women,hypertensive or Diabetic . Inspite of normal echo their blood test called naturetic peptides are elevated suggesting their heart is in stress. ...Read more

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What are the signs and symptoms of left sided heart failure with pulmonary congestion?

What are the signs and symptoms of left sided heart failure with pulmonary congestion?

Heart failure: Pulmonary congestion caused by fluid build-up in the lungs leading to shortness of breath is the main symptom of left-sided heart failure. This can progress to lower extremity swelling and abdominal bloating as the disease process worsens. ...Read more

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What are the signs and symptoms of left sided heart failure associated with pulmonary congestion?

What are the signs and symptoms of left sided heart failure associated with pulmonary congestion?

Orthopnea: Fatlgue, shortness of breath on lying down or nocturnal shortness of breath, in severe cases, coughing up pink frothy mucous , restlessness, cold sweats etc. ...Read more

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What are the signs and symptoms of left sided heart failure due associated with pulmonary congestion?

What are the signs and symptoms of left sided heart failure due associated with pulmonary congestion?

Congestion: Breathlessness, especially with exertion. Easy fatigability. Impaired exercise capacity. These are early signs. Without treatment, one becomes short of breath resting, especially when lying down (orthopnea) and at night (paroxysmal nocturnal dyspnea). Eventually the right heart also fails leading to swelling (edema), abdominal fluid (ascites and effusions), and cachexia (wasting). ...Read more

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If a has 2 heart attacks before a year & now cardiomegaly & lungs filled with fluid means symptoms of conngestive heart failure. Will he survive?

If a has 2 heart attacks before a year & now cardiomegaly & lungs filled with fluid means symptoms of conngestive heart failure. Will he survive?

It depends: Heart attacks can lead to congestive heart failure because of a loss of heart muscle. This can result in a decrease in the squeezing function of the heart. This is turn can lead to fluid building up in the lungs causing shortness of breath. Heart failure can be treated with appropriate medications and diet restrictions. Your cardiologist would be in a better position to give you an assessment. ...Read more

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Is a rapid heart rate one of the symptoms of congestive heart failure or coronary disease?

Is a rapid heart rate one of the symptoms of congestive heart failure or coronary disease?

Not primary symptom: Congestive heart failure may be associated with rapid heart beat but this is not the primary symptom. Rapid heart beat is not usually a sign of coronary artery disease. Rapid heart beat can also occur in otherwise normal hearts. ...Read more

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