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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


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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 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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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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Are there stages of congestive heart failure?

Are there stages of congestive heart failure?

NYHA: Heart failure is staged according to the new york heart association classification. In the system, class i is no symptoms. Class ii is symptoms with a high level of physical activity. Class iii his symptoms with a low level of activity. Class IV is symptoms at rest. ...Read more

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How are congestive heart failure and chronic heart failure different?

Volume status: Congestive identifies somebodey with volume overload. Heart failure may be present without having overt "congestion" currently. ...Read more

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What are the congestive heart failure signs and symptoms?

What are the congestive heart failure signs and symptoms?

SOB & edema: Sob & edema are typical...Chest x-ray & echocardiogram are usually part of the initial evaluation. ...Read more

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What is congestive heart failure? Symptoms .

What is congestive heart failure?  Symptoms .

Hrt StiffnessWeaknes: With increased stiffness &/or weakness of heart pumping (muscle &/or valve problems), brain reflexes ? thirst/water intake & ? water output from kidneys; thus body water increases driving congestion (edema). If heart function not too sick, the ? water/blood volume improves pump function; but no limit to the reflex & the increased water (edema) can fill the lungs (can't breath) & legs/body swells. ...Read more

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What are classifications of congestive heart failure?

What are classifications of congestive heart failure?

Grading severity: The form of heart failure can be divided into systolic (reduced "squeeze") and diastolic (impaired relaxation between beats. There is a classification of severity from the nyha: class i - no effect on activity class ii - comfortable at rest, slight effect on activity class iii - marked limitations of activity class IV - symptoms at rest, unable to carry out any physical activity w/o discomfort. ...Read more

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What are some congestive heart failure symptoms?

What are some congestive heart failure symptoms?

Several: 1. Shortness of breath with activity 2. Lower extremity edema / fluid retention 3. Weight gain secondary to #2 4. Sleeping on several pillows or upright due to shortness of breath laying flat 5. Waking up in the middle of the night due to shortness of breath. 6. Fatigue with exertional activity. ...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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Is a rapid heart rate one of the symptoms of congestive heart failure or coronary disease?

Is a rapid heart rate one of the symptoms of congestive heart failure or coronary disease?

Not primary symptom: Congestive heart failure may be associated with rapid heart beat but this is not the primary symptom. Rapid heart beat is not usually a sign of coronary artery disease. Rapid heart beat can also occur in otherwise normal hearts. ...Read more

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What are the signs and symptoms congestive heart failure?

What are the signs and symptoms congestive heart failure?

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. In very severe cases, there may even be swelling of the abdomen. ...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 types of patients gets congestive heart failure?

Several: Those with heart attack or coronary disease, leaking valves, hypertension, primary heart muscle disease (cardiomyopathy), anemia, overactive thyroid, chemotherapy, or itamin deficiency. ...Read more

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What are the consequences of congestive heart failure?

What are the consequences of congestive heart failure?

Multiple: Fluid accumulation, shortness of breath, pulmonary edema, arrythmia, cardiomypathy, sudden death. ...Read more

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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