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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

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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If my aunt had heart failure could I get it?

If my aunt had heart failure could I get it?

Not contagious: Heart failure is not contagious, but if there is a genetic reason for her heart failure, it is possible for the genetic problem to be passed on. ...Read more

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Could qt long syndrome lead to heart failure?

Could qt long syndrome lead to heart failure?

Long QT: No it doesn't but I can lead to arrhythmia (abnormal heart rhythm). ...Read more

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Could you have heart failure at 19 years of age?

Could you have heart failure at 19 years of age?

Heart failure: You can have heart failure at any age if you have the right cardiac abnormalities. It is however rare in 19 year olds. ...Read more

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Could you explain what is left sided heart failure?

Could you explain what is left sided heart failure?

Congestive heart fai: CHF is a symptom complex. Many cardiac problems can cause chf. Generally loss of exercise capacity, shortness of breath, fatigue and sometimes peripheral swelling we call edema is present. CHF can be right sided, left sided or biventricular. It can be caused by systolic, diastolic or valvar problems. It affects the whole body and all its systems. ...Read more

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Hello. When you say heart failure is uncommon in young around 20, do you mean its rare? I'm asking if you could say its rare. Yes or No? .

Yes rare: Unless person has other issue as well--like congenital heart defect; history of stimulant abuse; prior chest trauma; prior infection that impacted the heart (Rheumatic Fever / myocarditis / endocarditis / etc.). Good luck ...Read more

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Could there be a hospital that specializes in treating heart failure?

Could there be a hospital that specializes in treating heart failure?

Yes: Any cardiovascular institute or center should be able to treat chf. Check university of texas in san antonio and/ or baptist hospital health system. ...Read more

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Could heart failure be missed during tests?

Could heart failure be missed during tests?

Yes: The heart is a very dynamic organ. Any evaluation is only accurate during the test. For instance heart failure can be very dependent on extra fluid in your body. If the test was done when fluid volume is low then it may not be worrisome. But the next day after eating too much salty food then your volume increases and now your heart shows signs of failure. Fortunately this doesn't happen a lot. ...Read more

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What could cause heart failure in a 20 year old?

What could cause heart failure in a 20 year old?

Many causes: However what is most likely is a viral etiology- which can cause a viral cardiomyopathy- a sluggish heart and life threatening condition. ...Read more

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What causes heart failure?

What causes heart failure?

Heart failure: In a healthy heart, during each heartbeat a set amount of blood enters the heart and is pumped out again. In heart failure, your heart cannot cope with pumping the full amount of blood in each heartbeat. Systolic heart failure- the ventricles of the heart do not contract properly during each heartbeat so blood is not adequately pumped out of the heart. Diastolic heart failure. This occurs when the ventricle does not fill up with blood enough ...Read more

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What is partial heart failure?

What is partial heart failure?

CHF: Partial heart failure is not a term we use. I don't know where you got it. ...Read more

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Can you describe heart failure?

Can you describe heart failure?

Fluid overload: Congestive heart failure is a state where the body holds onto salt and water that you eat and drink which fails to come out in the urine. This is typically the result of a heart that is not working properly. For a variety of reasons, the heart sends a signal to the kidneys to hold on to salt and water resulting in shortness of breath and swelling of the extremities. ...Read more

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Can children have heart failure?

Can children have heart failure?

Chf: CHF can occur at any age including infancy and childhood. ...Read more

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Right v left-sided heart failure?

Right v left-sided heart failure?

Physical exam: Fluid accumulates during congestive heart failure. When the right side of the heart fails, fluid accumulates in the legs and abdomen. When the left side of the heart fails, fluid accumulates in the lungs and makes the patient short of breath. Not infrequently, both sides of the heart fail at the same time. ...Read more

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What happens during heart failure?

What happens during heart failure?

See below: Because the heart is weakened, it cannot pump the blood forward normally. This produces symptoms such as fatigue. Also the pressure rises within the heart resulting in a build up of fluid in the lungs and eventually involving the right side of the heart so that there is leg swelling. The body responds to the low output by releasing certain hormones which worsen the swelling. It is complex. ...Read more

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How does someone get heart failure?

How does someone get heart failure?

Rupture: Of cholesterol plaque in coronary artery causing heart attack or any other process where heart muscle becomes weakened causing systolic dysfunction & also can get diastolic heart failure when heart muscle squeezes well but doesn't relax well. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of heart failure?

What are symptoms of heart failure?

Shortness of breath: Shortness of breth with activity then at rest. Patients wake up from their sleep with breathing difficulty. To be able to sleep better they keep their head elevated with multiple pillows. They get short of breath when they lay flat. Edema in the legs and fluid retention is another findings. Patients may get tired and have dry cough. ...Read more

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What drugs can cause heart failure?

What drugs can cause heart failure?

Drugs and HF: There are several drugs used to treat specific types of cancer that are associated with the development of heart failure. The most common are doxorubicin, cyclophosphamide, and trastuzamab. This doesn't mean that they should not be used but that their use should be carefully monitored. Alcohol, cocaine, and amphetamines can also cause heart failure. ...Read more

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How can you die from heart failure?

Heart failure: Not enough blood flow to the body causes deterioration or multiple organs which gradually can't support life. Sometimes a fatal arrhythmia hastens the process. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of heart failure.?

What are symptoms of heart failure.?

Breathless: Below are the more common symptoms but usually starts with breathlessness on exertion and decreased exercise tolerance;

Feeling breathless on exertion and when lying flat.
waking up in the night breathless.
ankle swelling.
cough.
fatigue.
decreased exercise tolerance.
confusion in elderly.
nausea or abdominal pain. ...Read more

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What are the causes of heart failure?

Depends: Congestive heart failure or CHF can be from many things. Different types include systolic dysfxn wich means a weak heart. Usually from a virus, heart attack, or post partum. Diastolic dysfxn where the heart is stiff is usually due to hyer tension. High out put heart failure is when things such as hyperthyroidism or anemia. So your question is very broad and you need to narrow it down ...Read more

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Why do people die from heart failure?

Why do people die from heart failure?

See Below: Because they die from irregular heart beat, arrythmia, pump failure or volume overload and respiratory failure. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have heart failure?

Heart failure: Common symptoms of heart failure are shortness of breath, fatigue, lack of energy, swelling. These symptoms can be caused by other diseases too and therefore should be evaluated by a physician. ...Read more

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What causes right-sided heart failure?

What causes right-sided heart failure?

RV failure: The commonest cause of right heart failure is left heart failure. After left heart failure causes include pulmonary vascular disease, pulmonary parenchymal disease, congenital heart disease, myocardial disease and valvular heart disease and others ...Read more

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How likely is surviving heart failure?

How likely is surviving heart failure?

Good: It does depend on the underlying severity of the heart disease and the severity of the chf. It also depends of what other medical conditions are also present. ...Read more

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What is left-sided heart failure from?

What is left-sided heart failure from?

Left ventricle: The left ventricle is dysfunctional either during systole (squeezing). Or diastole (relaxing) or both. In either case, forward flow of blood through the heart to the body is impaired. This leads to blood backing up into the lungs causing shortness of breath. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of heart failure?

What are the symptoms of heart failure?

Right or Left: Generally, left heart failure causes you to be short of breath (breathlessness). This is generally worse when you exert yourself (for example, walking up hill) or when you are lying flat in bed. This shortness of breath can be associated with a cough.
The main symptom of right heart failure is swollen ankles and legs (buildup of fluid) Your liver may also become enlarged. ...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