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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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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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How does someone get congestive heart failure?

How does someone get congestive heart failure?

Weak heart muscle: A weakening of the heart muscle from coronary artery disease, too much alcohol or a viral infection weakens the heart muscle leading to chf. Find the cause first, then the treatment follows. See a good cardiologist, plenty of good ones in palo alto. ...Read more

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Do people ever get right sided heart failure with portal hypertension?

Do people ever get right sided heart failure with portal hypertension?

Pulmonary htn: At least 5% of people with portal hypertension, typically caused by cirrhosis, will develop pulmonary hypertension (high blood pressure in the lungs.) pulmonary hypertension can cause right heart failure. ...Read more

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Can you get heart failure at a young age with no previous heart condition only PVCs?

Can you get heart failure at a young age with no previous heart condition only PVCs?

PVCs: PVCs alone are unlikely to cause heart failure unless associated with abnormal cardiac function. If the heart is otherwise normal, PVCs are usually not a cause for serious concern. ...Read more

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Why my penis won't get hard no more since I been diagnose with congestion heart failure?

Why my penis won't get hard no more since I been diagnose with congestion heart failure?

Ask your Doc...: The most reasonable course of caring for your current concern is ask and discuss with your treating Doc about your concern after collecting the onset, degree, frequency, & progress of poor erection with detailed sequence of event as well as the info of lifestyle, drug use, sex life trending, etc. So, together, a reasonable Dx may be reached and reasonable Rx options may be offered. Best wish ... ...Read more

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What happens if there is heart failure and breathing difficulty present when resting, does it get worse when exercising or better instead?

What happens if there is heart failure and breathing difficulty present when resting, does it get worse when exercising or better instead?

Worse: Shortness of breath at rest in a patient with heart failure indicate advance stage of heart failure. Any extra physical work is usually not well tolerated and will make breathing worse. It is best to make patient comfortable of whatever means such as position,and adjustment of medications to control fluids ...Read more

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What kind of infections can cause heart failure in mid twenties? Scared it might happen to me every time i get sick. Should i worry? No fam history.

Rare: Although certain infections, particular those that cause respiratory infections, can also affect the function of the heart and cause a viral cardiomyopathy, the chance of this occurring is quite uncommon. ...Read more

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Told I have EF of 48%. (Was 50-55%) I'm 25. Dr doesnt seem that worried but I get rapid HR, SOB, dizzy. No diagnosis. What could it be? Heart failure?

Told I have EF of 48%. (Was 50-55%) I'm 25. Dr doesnt seem that worried but I get rapid HR, SOB, dizzy. No diagnosis. What could it be? Heart failure?

See cardiologist: At age 25, you should have a far more robust ejection fraction, and your symptoms should not be brushed off. A second opinion from a cardiologist could provide both a diagnosis and some therapeutic assistance. ...Read more