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What are the signs of lupus and heart failure ?

What are the signs of lupus and heart failure ?

Shortness of breath: You will be short of breath -- worse with lying down and sometimes accompanied by leg swelling. ...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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If you get cold hands and feets from heart failure is this a late sign or does this start quiet early in the disease?

If you get cold hands and feets from heart failure is this a late sign or does this start quiet early in the disease?

Not consistent: Cold hands and cold feet are not consistent with or specific to heart failure. There are many other problems that can cause that. Most of them have to do either with spasm of the blood vessels or obstruction of the blood vessels. Heart failure is usually characterized by swelling, difficulty breathing with exertion or when laying on one's back. ...Read more

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What are the signs and symptoms of left sided heart failure with pulmonary congestion?

What are the signs and symptoms of left sided heart failure with pulmonary congestion?

Heart failure: Pulmonary congestion caused by fluid build-up in the lungs leading to shortness of breath is the main symptom of left-sided heart failure. This can progress to lower extremity swelling and abdominal bloating as the disease process worsens. ...Read more

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What are the signs and symptoms of left sided heart failure associated with pulmonary congestion?

What are the signs and symptoms of left sided heart failure associated with pulmonary congestion?

Orthopnea: Fatlgue, shortness of breath on lying down or nocturnal shortness of breath, in severe cases, coughing up pink frothy mucous , restlessness, cold sweats etc. ...Read more

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What are the signs and symptoms of left sided heart failure due associated with pulmonary congestion?

What are the signs and symptoms of left sided heart failure due associated with pulmonary congestion?

Congestion: Breathlessness, especially with exertion. Easy fatigability. Impaired exercise capacity. These are early signs. Without treatment, one becomes short of breath resting, especially when lying down (orthopnea) and at night (paroxysmal nocturnal dyspnea). Eventually the right heart also fails leading to swelling (edema), abdominal fluid (ascites and effusions), and cachexia (wasting). ...Read more

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After 2nd round r-chop, swollen ankles, rapid hr. Are these signs of heart failure? Why doesn't cardiologist order echocardiogram?

After 2nd round r-chop, swollen ankles, rapid hr.  Are these signs of heart failure? Why doesn't cardiologist order echocardiogram?

Valid Question.: Swollen ankles and rapid heart rate might be signs of heart failure. They merit a careful history and physical exam as well as ekg, chest x-rays and an echocardiogram. Hypertension and valve problems are high on the list of likely causes; however, in the case of a person exposed to a cardiotoxic chemotherapy drug, one must consider this as well. The toxic drug effect is cumulative; act quickly. ...Read more

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Can you have diastolic heart failure with low blood pressure? Is BP getting lower a sign of progression of the hf?

Can you have diastolic heart failure with low blood pressure?  Is BP getting lower a sign of progression of the hf?

You can: You can have diastolic heart failure with any blood pressure. Lower BP (or higher) is not an indication that the hf is worse (or better). In other words, BP is not a marker for the severity of hf. ...Read more

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Is pain in the carotid artery a sign of heart failure with frequent PVC's, faintness, fast heart rate and bloating?

Is pain in the carotid artery a sign of heart failure with frequent PVC's, faintness,  fast heart rate and bloating?

Carotid artery: disease in itself has no symptoms; it causes symptoms when blood flow to the brain is decreased because of it. Perhaps you are having neck pain, near the location of the carotid artery, but I would not interpret that as a sign of heart failure or cause of PVC's. Certainly frequent PVC's might be a sign of more serious dysrhythmia causing faintness/fast heart rate. You need to continue cardiac care ...Read more

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Difference between heart failure and angina?

Difference between heart failure and angina?

Chest pain: Angina is typically described as chest discomfort or shortness of breath brought on by exertion and relieved by rest heart failure is usually associated with fatigue and shortness of breath both with exercise and sometimes with laying down or at night. ...Read more

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How to recognise it is heart failure or angina?

How to recognise it is heart failure or angina?

HF or angina: Angina is heart pain because not enough blood flow. This occurs with exertion, left sided pain that can radiate down left arm or to jaw. Heart failure symptoms come from fluid retention. There may be swelling in legs. Both cause shortness if breath, but in hf this is worse lying down. Chest pain in heart failure is fluid in the lungs a lot of the time. ...Read more

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