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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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I also have a non echogenic less than 3cm behind atrium pericardial eff. Can this be sympt right heart failure also ? And cause cold sweats ?

I also have a non echogenic less than 3cm behind atrium pericardial eff. Can this be sympt right heart failure also ? And cause cold sweats ?

Unlikely: Severe bi-ventricular failure can cause a pericardial effusion but, with your cold sweats, I'd worry about an infection. Do you have fever? weight loss? anemia? loss of appetite? Other things must also be ruled out including collagen-vascular disease (e.g. lupus) and malignancy (esp breast and lung). My best wishes to you for a speedy recovery. ...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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What do heart failure and pericarditis have in common?

What do heart failure and pericarditis have in common?

Poor heart pumping: Pericarditis, by preventing the heart from moving properly, may result in worsening heart failure. This can be corrected by relieving fluid accumulation or, in some cases, by opening or removing the pericardium. ...Read more

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What is the most common age at which a congenital heart disease presents by heart failure?

2 months old: The most common forms of chd which is ventricular septal defects, if large enough and non-restrictive would cause congestive heart failure at 1-2 months of age. There are, however, forms of critical congenital heart disease that would present with chf, cyanosis, and/or shock within hours - few days after birth. ...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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If you get cold hands and feets from heart failure is this a late sign or does this start quiet early in the disease?

If you get cold hands and feets from heart failure is this a late sign or does this start quiet early in the disease?

Not consistent: Cold hands and cold feet are not consistent with or specific to heart failure. There are many other problems that can cause that. Most of them have to do either with spasm of the blood vessels or obstruction of the blood vessels. Heart failure is usually characterized by swelling, difficulty breathing with exertion or when laying on one's back. ...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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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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Dr. Morton Levitt
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Perspiration (Definition)

Perspiration or sweat is the production of watery fluid from the skin to help regulate the ...Read more