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Could rib fractures cause heart failure?

Could rib fractures cause heart failure?

Rare but it can: Its quite rare but multiple rib fractures can affect the cardiopulmonary system enough to lead to heart failure. I've seen one patient die from his rib fractures, so they all aren't totally benign. ...Read more

Dr. Milroy Samuel
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Fracture (Definition)

A fracture is a broken bone. As there is cartilage at the end of many bones at the joint, a fracture may also include a break in the cartilage. Fractures and broken bones are the same thing. It seems that many believe that a "fracture" is a lesser injury or an incomplete break in the bone, but this is not correct. Fractures may be displaced or ...Read more


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My husband has right sided heart failure ejection fraction 54. Still having chest pain and swelling can you help me?

My husband has right sided heart failure ejection fraction 54. Still having chest pain and swelling can you help me?

Chf: If someone with heart failure has chest pain, he has to be evaluated for coronary artery disease. If he is continue to have swelling, then either treatment has to be aggressive or he is not compliant with salt and water intake. Since his ef is 54 and normal, I assume he has diastolic dysfunction. Make sure he does not have any valvular heart disease. Talk to a cardiologist to optimize the treatmen. ...Read more

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24 year old male have heart failure even after a few ekgs and blood work done ruling it out? . I have sharp pains in my left arm and chest

24 year old male have heart failure even after a few ekgs and blood work done ruling it out? . I have sharp pains in my left arm and chest

Do more exams: It sounds that you are suffering from angina.
Your doctor must investigate levels of cholesterol and other heart test. Watch your diet and stress on the mean time. ...Read more

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My husband is recently on hospice far right side heart failure. He has an ejection fraction of 54 percent now. But he is still having chest pain?

My husband is recently on hospice far right side heart failure. He has an ejection fraction of 54 percent now. But he is still having chest pain?

Chest pain: Chest pain in heart failure has to be evaluated for coronary artery disease. Make sure you don't have significant valvular heart disease, such as aortic stenosis etc. It is important you should be evaluated by a cardiologist. Good luck. ...Read more

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How is the heart failure, chest pain treated?

How is the heart failure, chest pain treated?

See below.: Very differently depending on the cause. Too large a subject to cover in a few lines. ...Read more

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Years ago LVH from Adriamyacin. Diagnosed with diastolic dysfunction. Chest heaviness and shortness of breath now much worse is this heart failure?

Years ago LVH from Adriamyacin. Diagnosed with diastolic dysfunction. Chest heaviness and shortness of breath now much worse is this heart failure?

Possibly.: This may be from congestive heart failure, although the term does not mean that your heart is going to stop anytime soon. There are certainly ways to treat CHF, if that is what this is. You should be seeing your regular doctor and probably a cardiologist regularly at this point. Good luck. ...Read more

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Chest pain from anxiety, aching muscles, heart failure or what?

Chest pain from anxiety, aching muscles, heart failure or what?

Quality of pain: The answer is the type or quality of pain being felt. The location, severity, onset, precipitating factors etc all can help medical personnel figure out what's going on. Sudden crushing chest pain radiating to the jaw or down an arm is easily distinguishable from a sore rib that hurts when pushed. ...Read more

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My left jugular vein is very distended when my head is below my heart and neck feels swollen, feel pressure in chest, could this be heart failure?

My left jugular vein is very distended when my head is below my heart and neck feels swollen, feel pressure in chest, could this be heart failure?

Could be normal: When the head is below your heart the jugular can get distended and the upper body can feel "congested". If you are ok when the had is at chest level and sitting up, and if you are able to walk quickly, slow jog without significant shortness of breath or chest discomfort the heart failure is unlikely. Symptoms of heart failure include exercise intolerance, air hunger lying flat and leg swelling. ...Read more

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Have had an ekg, chest xray, and CT scan. All came back fine. Is there any possibility that I could have heart failure/related? Or is it anxiety?

Have had an ekg, chest xray, and CT scan. All came back fine. Is there any possibility that I could have heart failure/related? Or is it anxiety?

Possible: It is possible that this is an anxiety disorder. Good to hear that your are being followed by your doc and that your test results are good. Seek the help of a clinical psychologist who works w/anxiety disorders for additional help. There is much reason to hope. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Swelling in my fingers in morning, gurgling in chest, fatigue. Ekg, blood work, doc listened to lungs and heart all was fine. Could this be heart failure?

Swelling in my fingers in morning, gurgling in chest, fatigue. Ekg, blood work, doc listened to lungs and heart all was fine. Could this be heart failure?

Gurgling in chest: Failure of esophageal sphincter or esophageal dysmotility could cause gugling sounds in the chest. Swelling of fingers could be sclerodactyly. Therse featutres we could see in crest syndrome. Your physician could consider this indifferential diagnosis. There are other reasons too. ...Read more

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Ascites with irregular pulse and chest discomfort in 26 year old male with mild lupus? Is it heart failure? Pulse less than 90.

Ascites with irregular pulse and chest discomfort in 26 year old male with mild lupus? Is it heart failure? Pulse less than 90.

CHF?: Could be CHF but immediate evaluation is required. That will include an echocardiogram which evaluate heart strength & valve function. Please don't delay. ...Read more

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My ESR level is 2. I am concerned about congestive heart failure. I have had an EKG and chest x ray, both okay. Is heart failure still a possibility?

ESR is normal: Although people talk about congestive heart failure being associated with a low ESR (sed rate), there typically is not really a sed rate that is abnormally low. A normal ESR for a young woman, in most labs, is 0-20 mm/hr. The finding of an ESR of 2 should not warrant a heart failure evaluation.
If you have no symptoms of heart failure, don't worry. ...Read more

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Wouldn't a echocardiogram show early heart failure? Also wouldn't a stethoscope and chest X-ray show copd?

Wouldn't a echocardiogram show early heart failure? Also wouldn't a stethoscope and chest X-ray show copd?

No...: An echocardiogram will not show the fluid in the lungs so it will not diagnose early heart failure. Copd, by definition, has chronic airways obstruction which is diagnosed via pulmonary function testing. This is the only way to differentiate COPD from asthma, both of which can give the same stethoscope and x-ray findings. ...Read more

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


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