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Dr. Erik Borncamp
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Left Sided Heart Failure (Overview)

Left-sided heart failure describes any condition where the left side of the heart fails to adequately pump blood out to the body. This can cause a backing up of blood into the lungs and the right side of the heart.


Dr. Erik Borncamp
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Left Sided Heart Failure (Overview)

Left-sided heart failure describes any condition where the left side of the heart fails to adequately pump blood out to the body. This can cause a backing up of blood into the lungs and the right side of the heart.


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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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Living with Congestive Heart Failure (Checklist)

Weigh yourself daily. Alert doctor to any increases.
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Take medications as prescribed
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Tell the doctor if your legs swell or you get short of breath
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Does cor pulmonale = right sided heart failure?

Does cor pulmonale = right sided heart failure?

Sort of: Cor pulmonale is the inability of the right side of the heart to pump blood through the lungs. One common cause is left-sided heart failure and this isn't cor pulmonale. A host of lung diseases cause cor pulmonale and some folks use the term to include heart failure due to pulmonary thromboembolization. ...Read more

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How does left-sided heart failure cause right-sided heart failure?

How does left-sided heart failure cause right-sided heart failure?

CHF: the failed left ventricle backs blood up in the lungs which increases the work of the right heart which eventually fails ...Read more

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Treating Liver Failure (Checklist)

Avoid raw seafood and shellfish
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What is right side heart failure vs. Left sided?

What is right side heart failure vs. Left sided?

Right heart failure: Right heart failure refers to weakness or stiffness involving the right ventricle or lower chamber as opposed to the left ventricle. This causes a unique constellation of symptoms including swelling in abdomen and legs, liver malfunction, weakness and shortness of breath. ...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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Managing Mild Kidney Failure (Checklist)

Make certain your blood pressure is at the low prescribed target
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Make certain your cholesterol has been monitored and treated
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Make certain your blood sugars are well managed
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Minimize weight gain and lose weight if you are overweight.
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Describe the difference between left heart failure and right 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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How does left heart failure lead to right heart failure or chf?

How does left heart failure lead to right heart failure or chf?

Left heart failure: Left ventricle is the main pumping chamber of the heart and damage to that chamber either from a heart attack or a cardiomyopathy can lead to heart failure. Congestive heart failure is a condition where the heart cannot pump the blood delivered to it and backs up into the lungs causing shortness of breath. This can be caused by left heart failure, and can also lead to both chambers failing. ...Read more

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Treating an Abnormal Heart Rhythm (Checklist)

Make healthy lifestyle choices
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Stop smoking and avoid second-hand smoke
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Avoid excessive amounts of caffeine and alcohol
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What is pathophysiologic of right sided heart failure !?

What is pathophysiologic of right sided heart failure !?

Right heart failure: The commonest cause of right heart failure is left heart failure. The causes of isolated right heart failure include primary pulmonary hypertension and pulmonary diseases associated with pulmonary hypertension. Left to right cardiac shunts cause right heart failure and mitral stenosis is another(techinically this is a left heart cause. ...Read more

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Left neck vein bulges. Is that left heart failure?

Left neck vein bulges. Is that left heart failure?

Probably not: First, neck vein distension can be caused by many things, only one of which is heart failure. Second, if it were due to heart failure, it would likely be on both sides, and then would reflect problems on the right heart. But since the most common cause of right heart failure is left heart failure, neck vein distension is a sign of heart failure. But not likely in you. Talk to your own doctor. ...Read more

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Improving Heart Health (Checklist)

Find an activity you enjoy, and do it daily for at least 20 minutes
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Intensify workouts by doing max intensity for 2 min, every 5-10 min
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With right sided heart failure would the pcwp increase?

With right sided heart failure would the pcwp increase?

Complicated: Pulmonary wedge pressure estimates left atrial pressure. Classically, isolated right heart failure implies that the left heart is normal. However, even in isolated right heart failure, the rv can dilate to the point were lv filling is impacted, and therefore, the pulmonary wedge pressure can increase. Lv-rv interactions can be complex. Also, left heart disease can cause rv failure. ...Read more

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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

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Could a distended jugular vein be possible right sided heart failure? Either primary or secondary to left sided heart failure.

Could a distended jugular vein be possible right sided heart failure?  Either primary or secondary to left sided heart failure.

Jugular vein: Yes it is a classical sign but tricky to assess. So your Dr needs to have you at about 45 degrees and observe it carefully as you breath and then check it as he lowers the angle of your lying. ...Read more

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What's the difference between congestive heart failure and right heart failure?

What's the difference between congestive heart failure and right heart failure?

Similar: Congestive heart failure refers to the congestion (fluid buildup) which is seen in the lungs and the legs (swelling) and in the abdomen. (might be swollen). Heart failure can involve both the right and left sides of the heart depending on the exact cause. The most common cause of right heart failure is left heart failure but certain things such as lung disease can cause just right heart failure. ...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


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