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Dr. John Landi
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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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What is left-sided heart failure from?

What is  left-sided heart failure from?

Left ventricle: The left ventricle is dysfunctional either during systole (squeezing). Or diastole (relaxing) or both. In either case, forward flow of blood through the heart to the body is impaired. This leads to blood backing up into the lungs causing shortness of breath. ...Read more

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Dr. John Landi
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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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What are the symptoms of left sided heart failure due to your heart's low output?

What are the symptoms of left sided heart failure due to your heart's low output?

Variable: These can vary tremendously from person to person. The symptoms can include fatigue, weakness, decreased exercise tolerance, shortness of breath, pulmonary edema. It can be associated with abnormal heart rhythms and also with symptoms of right heart failure as well (and commonly right heart failure symptoms do co-exist). ...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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What are the signs and symptoms of left sided heart failure associated with decreased cardiac output?

Swelling: The left side of the heart pumps blood throughout your body. When it fails, it decreases blood flow to organs. This can cause kidney injury, liver injury, fatigue, shortness of breath with little exertion, swelling of the feet and legs, fluid build-up in the lungs, and difficulty sleeping flat due to shortness of breath. Medications and diet are important for this disease! ...Read more

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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

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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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Why does only left-sided heart failure cause pulmonary edema?

Why does only left-sided heart failure cause pulmonary edema?

Not the only: Pul edema is fluid in the lungs due to a shift of fluid from the veins and capillaries to the sorroundings lung tissues.. This can happen when the pressure in the veins rises as in left heart failure or when the veins become leaky because of infection,inflammation toxic chemicals and drugs,etc. The other conditions include high altitude,sudden chest decompression,drowning. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for left-sided heart failure?

What is the treatment for left-sided heart failure?

Heart failure: Left sided or systolic heart failure is treated with several meds including ace inhibitors, beta blockers and diuretics. Other meds such as spironolactone and arb, or angiotensin receptor blockers, can be added as allowed by blood pressure tolerates. ...Read more

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Treating Liver Failure (Checklist)

Avoid raw seafood and shellfish
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Are there any permanent treatments for left sided heart failure?

Are there any permanent treatments for left sided heart failure?

Heart failure: The cause of the heart failure informs what treatment and how effective it will be. "permanent" treatment is difficult to reconcile, no 'cure' is extant for heart failure tho effective treatments exist. ...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


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