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Is a rapid heart rate a symptom of congestive heart failure?

Is a rapid heart rate a symptom of congestive heart failure?

Unlikely: Though patients that have a rapid heart rate for an extended period of time(weeks to months) without having symptoms can develop congestive heart failure to a weakened heart. ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Werner
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Congestive Heart Failure (Definition)

Congestive heart failure, 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 sufficent oxygen and nutrients. When the left side of the heart is damaged, fluid builds up in the lungs, which results in difficulty breathing. When the right side of the heart is affected, fluid builds up in the extremities and abdomen, resulting in swelling of the legs and poor absorption of nutrients due to ...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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Is a rapid heart rate one of the main symptoms of congestive heart failure?

Is a rapid heart rate one of the main symptoms of congestive heart failure?

Can be: Rapid heart rate is definitely one of the constellation of symptoms of untreated heart failure. As the heart weakens, the only mechanism for it to maintain its output is to increase the rate, the feedback mechanisms in the body which dictate more cardiac output lead to the increased heart rate. ...Read more

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Is it normal for a person with congestive heart failure to have a heart rate of 122?

Is it normal for a person with congestive heart failure to have a heart rate of 122?

Incomplete therapy: In congestive heart failure, there is activation of the sympathetic nervous system, which is a contributor to tachycardia. The reflexes that lead to this are complex. Simplistically, though, this is a sign that you need additional therapy. Outcomes are best in people who are on beta-blockers, typically Carvedilol or metoprolol, which have the additional affect of slowing heart rate. ...Read more

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What to do if I have high heart rate, congestive heart failure?

What to do if I have high heart rate, congestive heart failure?

Heart rate: You need to be seen to determine why do you have fast heart rate. Uncontrolled heart rate can tip you to heart failure exacerbation. Make sure you go to your physician for an ekg. ...Read more

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Heart is enlarged, tachycardia present, b\p 188/100..Dr. Is concerned about congestive heart failure can I take care of this at home? 3 blocked arter

Heart is enlarged, tachycardia present, b\p 188/100..Dr. Is concerned about congestive heart failure can I take care of this at home?  3 blocked arter

U R seriously sick: You are actually in danger of a brain hemorrhage. You also have diabetes and sleep apnea. You need to be on medication and you need advice on diet and exercise. If you try to be your own doctor, you'll be dead soon. Get with the program, take charge of your health with the guidance of a competent physician, and you may have many more good years. ...Read more

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Would an EKG show congestive heart failure?

Would an EKG show congestive heart failure?

It can: Low voltage in an EKG suggest cardiomyopathy. Which goes by the hand with Heart Failure. - In addition Electrical Alternans in the EKG is also suggestive of heart failure ...Read more

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Can an EKG detect congestive heart failure ?

It can give clues: Heart failure is a complicated diagnosis to make and is usually based on history and physical exam findings. An ekg may give clues that point towards a diagnosis of heart failure but can not fully diagnose it. You may be confusing the term heart failure with heart disease. Ask you doctor about further specifics. ...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


Heart Rate (Definition)

Heart rate is a measurement of the number of times a person's heart beats in one minute. Normal heart rates vary with a person's age and with excitement and exercise. Abnormal heart rates are too slow, too fast, and/or irregular (too much ...Read more