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Dr. Anjali Vaidya
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Right Sided Heart Failure (Overview)

Right-side heart failure is a term for the decreased ability of the right side of the heart to pump blood. Because the right side of the heart pumps blood from the body to the lungs, this can leads to shortness of breath and to pooling of the blood in the body, resulting in leg and abdominal swelling.


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What is the difference between cor pulmonale, right-sided heart failure?

What is the difference between cor pulmonale, right-sided heart failure?

See below: Cor pulmonale implies right sided heart failure due to lung disease. There are other causes of right heart failure the most common of which is left heart failure. Other causes are congenital heart disease and disease of the tricuspid valve. ...Read more

Dr. Anjali Vaidya
41 doctors shared insights

Right Sided Heart Failure (Overview)

Right-side heart failure is a term for the decreased ability of the right side of the heart to pump blood. Because the right side of the heart pumps blood from the body to the lungs, this can leads to shortness of breath and to pooling of the blood in the body, resulting in leg and abdominal swelling.


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What are the symptoms of right sided heart failure?

What are the symptoms of right sided heart failure?

Symptoms rt heart fa: Rt sided heart failure is due to long standing high blood pressure in pulmonary arteriesand right ventricle of the heart.Symptoms are shortness of breath and lightheadedness during activities, chest discomfort or pain, swelling of feet and ankles.Symptoms of underlying cause wheezing and cough and fainting spells with activities. ...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 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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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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What's the safest way to treat right-sided heart failure?

What's the safest way to treat right-sided heart failure?

Medication: Usually therapy is with medications li similar to left heart failure. Diuretics, beta blockers, ace inhibitors. If a specific cause can be identified that should be treated as well. That could coronary heart disease affecting the right ventricle or a lung process that may be causing the right ventricle to work eccessively. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for right sided heart failure?

What is the treatment for right sided heart failure?

Right heart failure: The best treatment for right heart failure is to treat the underlying cause. If the right heart fails due to lung disease, then treat it, or if it is due to congenital heart disease then try to correct the defect. Sometimes the cause can't be determined or corrected and then we do the best we can to treat the symptoms. ...Read more

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What is the cure for right side heart failure?

What is the cure for right side heart failure?

Diuretics: Right sided hf is a challenge if in isolation. The most common cause is left heart failure, for which treatment is established. However, we dont fully understand rhf well. Currently, treatment is mostly diuretic therapy, to maintain adequate fluid balance. One can also add digoxin, and occasionally nitrates and hydralazine. One needs to look closely at the pulmonary vasculature as well. ...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