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Doctor insights on: Signs And Symptoms Of Right Heart Failure

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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

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


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Is there cure for a right heart failure and enlargement of the heart disease?

Is there cure for a right heart failure and enlargement of the heart disease?

Right heart failure: Unfortunately there is no cure but it can be contained or controlled with appropriate medications. Right heart failure typically has dependent edema, liver enlargement and increased jugular venous pulsations. ...Read more

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Can I have kids while having pulmonary hypertension and right heart failure?

Can I have kids while having pulmonary hypertension and right heart failure?

Yes but: This can be done successfully. But there can be significantly increased risks. I highly, highly recommend you specifically see a cardiologist trained in adult congenital heart disease and pulmonary hypertension. They are trained to help with these issues as there are significant changes that occur during pregnancy. ...Read more

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Can a person with pulmonary hypertension with right heart failure receive a massage?

Can a person with pulmonary hypertension with right heart failure receive a massage?

Yes: A regular massage is not a problem for pah. Continue your meds and continue close medical followup. If symptoms worsen you may need prostacyclin. ...Read more

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Wake up gasping for air & shortness of breath sometimes during the day. Recently feels alone and nothing is right. Heart failure or anxiety?

Wake up gasping for air & shortness of breath sometimes during the day. Recently feels alone and nothing is right. Heart failure or anxiety?

Possibly sleep apnea: First rule out sleep apnea as this is very common and could be causing your symptoms. It could very easily be anxiety as well. You should start by seeing your primary care doctor. ...Read more

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I also have a non echogenic less than 3cm behind atrium pericardial eff. Can this be sympt right heart failure also ? And cause cold sweats ?

I also have a non echogenic less than 3cm behind atrium pericardial eff. Can this be sympt right heart failure also ? And cause cold sweats ?

Unlikely: Severe bi-ventricular failure can cause a pericardial effusion but, with your cold sweats, I'd worry about an infection. Do you have fever? weight loss? anemia? loss of appetite? Other things must also be ruled out including collagen-vascular disease (e.g. lupus) and malignancy (esp breast and lung). My best wishes to you for a speedy recovery. ...Read more

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69yrold emphysema both top lungs no air sacs bottom right pneumonia right heart failure broke hip never seen dr until now life expectancy? Heavy smoke

69yrold emphysema both top lungs no air sacs bottom right pneumonia right heart failure broke hip never seen dr until now life expectancy? Heavy smoke

Hard to say: Heavy tobacco use alone significantly reduces life expectancy. Major emphysema also reduces it. I would not want a future of progressive pulmonary issues and gradual loss of any ability to care for oneself. ...Read more

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Dr. Anjali Vaidya
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Right Sided Heart Failure (Definition)

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 ...Read more