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Dr. Anjali Vaidya
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Right Sided Heart Failure (Definition)

If the right side of the heart can not keep up with the demand for blood pumping through the lungs, we call that right heart failure. Typical symptoms might include swelling in the feet or ankles, and in more severe cases abdominal discomfort or abdominal swelling. The most common cause of RHF is Left HF. These are serious conditions and require expert ...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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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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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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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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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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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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What is right heart failure?

What is right heart failure?

Edema: Blood flows from the veins to be right heart, to the lungs, to the left heart, and back out to the body. When a part of the heart is not functioning, blood backstop behind the nonfunctioning segment increasing pressure. When the right heart is not working, blood backstop behind the right heart increasing pressure in the veins. This causes venous fluid to drain into the surrounding tissue. ...Read more

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What happens in congestive heart failure?

Fluid retention: When the heart is not functioning normally, neurologic and endocrine signals are sent to the kidney to retain salt and water. Fluid buildup in the body causing shortness of breath and swelling of the lower extremities. ...Read more

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Congestive heart failure, kidney failure and staph?

Congestive heart failure, kidney failure and staph?

CHF, kidney, staph: Patients with a staph infection can have an endocarditis, which affects the heart valves. Once it is on a valve, septic emboli can be sent to other places, the brain, retina, bone or kidney. Those emboli to the kidney can cause renal failure. A damaged heart valve can also cause chf. I would imagine the person you are talking about is in the hospital, perhaps you should speak to her doctor. ...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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Are heart failure and congestive heart failure similar?

Are heart failure and congestive heart failure similar?

Yes: Heart failure is a colloquial term for the formal "congestive heart failure" diagnosis. The term "congestive" refers to the fact that with heart failure, fluid backs up in to the lungs, causing lung congestion and shortness of breath. ...Read more

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What is the difference between left heart failure and right heart failure?

What is the difference between left heart failure and right heart failure?

Left and right heart: Left heart failure reduces the ability of the heart to pump bold to the body. It is mainly caused by chronic hypertension, coronary artery disease or valve disease. It causes fliuid to build up in lungs. Right heart failure is the inability to pump blood to the lungs. It is mainly caused by lung disease or by pressure in lungs from left heart failure. Fluid then builds up in the bodies veins. ...Read more

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What is the difference between left heart failure and right heart failure?

What is the difference between left heart failure and right heart failure?

Overlap: Left ventricle- left heart with pulmonary edema and congestion right ventricle venous congestion dropsy peripheral edema when one side has issues the other develops issues but one set of symptoms may be first or more obvious heart attacks, valvular disease, viral cardiomyopathy can lead to such situations. ...Read more

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What's the difference between left heart failure vs right heart failure?

What's the difference between left heart failure vs right heart failure?

R/L heart failure: Right heart (right ventricle and atrium) failure typically has dependent edema, liver enlargement and increased jugular venous pulsations. Left heart (left ventricle and atrium) failure typically manifests with pulmonary edema. You can even have a combination of the two. This classification is not used as much. We have a systolic, a diastolic and mixed heart failure- this is the most used. ...Read more

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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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Can someone describe the difference between left heart failure and right heart failure?

Can someone describe the difference between left heart failure and right heart failure?

Some together: Left heart muscle ischemic, dead or scarred and does not push blood well( low ejection fraction), low blood pressure, and may back up and strain right heart and get pulmonary fluid retention, edema, peripheral edema. If right side muscle dies, scars or is under back pressure from bad lungs, pulmonary embolism it may show first signs, but left heart is not happy either due to poor inflow. Simple? ...Read more

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What is congestive heart failure?

What is congestive heart failure?

Weakened heart: A normal heart will eject (ef) about 60% of blood from main chamber (left ventricle) out aorta and feeds entire body with oxygenated blood. When this muscle chamber, size of fist, develops weakness of some of it's walls (heart attack, eg) or is constricted (pericarditis) etc, then it starts failing, ef decreases, backup pressure develops, fluid builds up in lungs or legs and CHF has occurred. ...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)

A condition in which the heart muscle is weakened and cannot supply the body with ...Read more