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What are the signs of congestive heart failure?

What are the signs of congestive heart failure?

CHF: Symptoms & signs of CHF are shortness of breath with minimal exertion, or at rest, getting tired or fatigued easily, sleepin on more than one pillow, getting up at night short of breath, swelling of both legs, retention of fluid in abdomen. ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Werner
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Congestive Heart Failure (Definition)

Congestive heart failure, 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 sufficent oxygen and nutrients. When the left side of the heart is damaged, fluid builds up in the lungs, which results in difficulty breathing. When the right side of the heart is affected, fluid builds up in the extremities and abdomen, resulting in swelling of the legs and poor absorption of nutrients due to ...Read more


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What are typical signs of congestive heart failure ?

What are typical signs of congestive heart failure ?

SOB: Shortness of breath during exertion, during sleep if flat at bed requiring increase head of bed, at rest; rapid heart beating, cough, dizziness, ankle swelling, fatigue and weakness. CHF affects around 6 millions americans. Severity depend on acuteness vs chronicity of the cause of chf. Consult your physicians for diagnosis, cause and treatment. ...Read more

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What are the signs of congestive heart failure in adults?

What are the signs of congestive heart failure in adults?

Many symptoms/signs: Shortness of breath at rest or mild exertion which may worsen on lying down, swelling of legs, fatigue, considerable weight gain in a short time. ...Read more

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What are signs of congestive heart failure and is this always fatal?

What are signs of congestive heart failure and is this always fatal?

Shortness of breath: Shortness of breath, initially with exercise, and in more severe cases even at rest. This may be worse when lying flat and may cause awakening with shortness of breath. Frequent nighttime awakening to pass urine may occur. Swelling of the ankles may develop, engorgement of veins in the neck may be seen. While life expectancy is shortened, with treatment, there can be a number of good years. ...Read more

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What is the very first signs of congestive heart failure. Should i be taking imetoprolol tartrate, & isosorbide monomitratate? If I have chf?

What is the very first signs of congestive heart failure.  Should  i be taking imetoprolol tartrate, &  isosorbide monomitratate? If I have chf?

CHF: Shortness of breath, leg swelling, fatigue are common. Both meds are good. You may want to talk with your doctor regards to "ace inhibitors and water pills. Depending on how bad your CHF is, these will add bebefit to meds you are already taking. If your ef is less than 35% , you may need a defibrillator. ...Read more

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Could ankle swelling that gets very painful during exercise be a sign of congestive heart failure?

Could ankle swelling that gets very painful during exercise be a sign of congestive heart failure?

Yes: Swelling in ankles can many things. Heartfailure is just one. Gout, arthritis , venous insufficiency, hypothyroidism , are just a few others you need a full exam with detailed history along with labs, cxr, ekg and possibly an echo of the heart. ...Read more

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Is swollen feet a sign of congestive heart failure ?

Is swollen feet a sign of congestive heart failure ?

It can be: Sometimes this can be from other causes, like local issues with the veins in the legs. However, it can be a sign of chf. You should get checked out. ...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