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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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What risks are associated with congestive heart failure and pregnancy?

What risks are associated with congestive heart failure and pregnancy?

Worsening : Of CHF and its complications such as kidney failure, fetus blood supply issues, sudden cardiac arrest, heart attack... http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/pregnancy/pr00124. ...Read more

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What are the chances of congestive heart failure for teenagers?

What are the chances of congestive heart failure for teenagers?

Possible: Teenagers can develop congestive heart failure though it is fortunately not common. It can occur because of a congenital defect of the heart. Also certain infections (usually viral) can lead to heart failure. And certain medications can result in heart failure. However, the incidence of heart failure in teenagers is very very small. ...Read more

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What are the risk factors for lung and coronary heart disease?

What are the risk factors for lung and coronary heart disease?

Smoking is #1: Also obesity, sedentary lifestyle, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, stress, diabetes, obesity, male gender, age, and family history. You can change all but the last three, so do it! quit smoking and get off your butt! treat the diseases and take time of/meditate/do yoga. This is hugely important, heart disease is the world's #1 killer. ...Read more

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What are risk factors for coronary heart disease?

What are risk factors for coronary heart disease?

See below: The most common riak factors are : family history . Hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol, smoking ., age>45 in men, >55 in women. ...Read more

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What are the interventions for congestive heart failure?

What are the interventions for congestive heart failure?

Multiple: Therapy for congestive heart failure can be divided into 3 categories: 1) medications which remove fluid (diuretics), making it easier for the heart pump (afterload reduction), or protect the heart (beta blocker), 2) devices such as biventricular pacemaker is which makes the heart work better, and 3) surgery to repair structural heart problems such as a leaking valve or a blocked coronary. ...Read more

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What are possible cures of congestive heart failure?

What are possible cures of congestive heart failure?

Many treatments: It would probably be more corrrect to talk about things which control the congestive heart failure. There are many medications which control but really do not cure it. Sometimes cardiomyopathies resolve and no longer require medicine so that would be considered a cure, i think. If the heart failure is because of a valve problem which is corrected you might "cure" the heart failure(fix valve). ...Read more

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What people are at risk for systolic heart failure?

What people are at risk for systolic heart failure?

Common risk factors: Many of the risk factors for heart dz is also risk factor for systolic heart failure. Uncontrolled blood pressure , heavy drinkers, family history, previous heart attack. Post partum with history of systolic failure with previous deliveries. Severe valve disease like mitral regurgitation and aortic stenosis.. ...Read more

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What are factors that contribute to heart failure?

What are factors that contribute to heart failure?

Heart failure: Probably the 2 major conditions that contribute to the development of heart failure are high blood pressure and diabetes. Both of these conditions can have a direct, detrimental effect on the heart or cause heart failure through the development of coronary artery disease. At least 75% of people with heart failure in United States have a history of high blood pressure. ...Read more

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What risk factors are there for heart disease chd?

Multiple: High blood pressure, high lipids (cholesterol/triglycerides), genetics, sedentary lifestyle ...Read more

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What are risk factors for heart disease in women?

What are  risk factors for heart disease in women?

Mars/Venus: High blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity (bmi 30+), family history of heart disease. Some things increase risk more for gals than guys: smoking, mental stress/depression, lower estrogen after menopause; metabolic syndrome (belly fat+high blood pressure+high triglycerides+high blood sugar). We can: get moving, don't smoke, eat right, watch our weight, balance work/play. ...Read more

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What are the risks associated with congestive heart failure during pregnancy?

What are the risks associated with congestive heart failure during pregnancy?

Decompensation: Pregnancy demands increased cardiac output and a failing heart may not be up to the task. Labor and delivery are physically stressful. Blood loss commonly results in anemia - both hard for a failing heart. The risk is that someone who is marginally compensated will become worse during gestation with progressive symptoms. If you're contemplating pregnancy, discuss it in advance with OB and cards. ...Read more

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What are some common symptoms of advanced congestive heart failure?

What are some common symptoms of advanced congestive heart failure?

Multiple: Shortness of breath at rest, inability to stand up from bed and walk ( ny class iv) accumulation of fluid starting with the legs up to the whole body and lungs causing crackle sounds in the chest, lowering of blood pressure, tahycardia ( unless taking beta blockers)and worsening of the kidney function and sometimes even worsening of the liver function ( because the congestion). ...Read more

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What are the treatments for congestive heart failure?

What are the treatments for congestive heart failure?

CHF: CHF treatment depends on the cause of the CHF. If its severe valve disease, valve surgery may be indicated. If its muscle disease then a bunch of medications are used, if its too much heart muscle and abnormal relaxation rather than contraction, then other steps are used, you have to have a cause to treat and then use what works with that kind of CHF ...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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Dr. Bennett Werner
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Congestive Heart Failure (Definition)

A condition in which the heart muscle is weakened and cannot supply the body with ...Read more