Top
20
Doctor insights on: Is There A Scientific Name For Heart Failure

Share
Dr. Joseph Shen
3,307 doctors shared insights

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


2

2
Does BP 120/70 for 57+ yr female (on 'Olmezest 20') indicate any post cardiac issue (e.g. heart failure etc) ?

Does BP 120/70 for 57+ yr female (on 'Olmezest 20') indicate any post cardiac issue (e.g. heart failure etc) ?

Need the whole story: A blood pressure reading of 120/70 (especially if a one-time reading) has no special meaning by itself, because it happens in normal healthy people, in people with "mild" diseases, in people with "serious" diseases, in people with heart problems, and in people with no heart problems. The only way to tell is to get the whole picture of what is happening with a particular patient. ...Read more

3

3
Continuous headache and off balance a bit. I have also had heart failure two years ago and heart attach six months ago. I am also a big man in my 60's?

Continuous headache and off balance a bit. I have also had heart failure two years ago and heart attach six months ago. I am also a big man in my 60's?

Need and exam + MRI?: Your headache may or may not be related to your lack of balance. You should see your physician as you may need an MRI of the brain. A careful history and neurological exam will be necessary to establish the cause of your symptoms. You won't be able to self-diagnose these symptoms on the internet. See your physician soon. Best wishes. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
6

6
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

7

7
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

See 3 more doctor answers
8

8
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

See 2 more doctor answers
9

9
How do I know if I have heart failure?

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

10

10
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

11

11
How do I know if I have heart failure ?

How do I know if I have heart failure ?

Increasing swelling: This should raise your suspicion especially if associated with shortness of breath and easy fatigueability that is getting worse. The swelling is usually in the legs and is worst at bedtime and least in am on rising from bed. It is unusual to have CHF without leg edema in the evenings, unless you are taking water pills. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
13

13
What are symptoms of heart failure in women?

What are symptoms of heart failure in women?

Several symptoms: The most common symptoms are fatigue, decreased exercise tolerance, shortness of breath with exertion, shortness of breath at night, need to use more pillows to sleep, swelling in the abdomen or legs, weight gain due to fluid buildup. If you experience any of these symptoms, see a cardiologist right away. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
14

14
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

See 1 more doctor answer
15

15
What are causes of right sided heart failure?

What are causes of right sided heart failure?

Many: Most common cause of r sided failure is l sided failure. Pulmonary hypertension, primary lung diseases and valvular problems can also produce this. ...Read more

17

17
What is a way to tell if I have heart failure?

What is a way to tell if I have heart failure?

Various: Early signs are usually shortness of breath with exercise, reduced exercise tolerance, fatigue, or edema. If you are really concerned, see your doc and get it checked out. ...Read more

18

18
What are some of the symptoms of heart failure?

What are some of the symptoms of heart failure?

CHF: Shortness of breath with activities or even at rest, orthopnea, paroxysmal nocturnal dyspnea (sob and cough at night), palpitations, chest pain, ankle edema, fatigue. All above symptoms depend how acute or chronic is the cause if the chf. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
19

19
What are the tests for left-sided heart failure?

What are the tests for left-sided heart failure?

Multiple: Physical examination, chest x-ray, bnp (brain natruretic peptide) are the tools used most of the time. In some cases, echocardiography and cardiac catheterization are required. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
20

20
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

Dr. Bennett Werner
754 doctors shared insights

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