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What are the key symptoms of congestive heart failure?

What are the key symptoms of congestive heart failure?

Short breath, edema: Leg swelling and shortness of breath with minor activity or when lying flat are signs of chf. However, you need to know that other illnesses could present the same way making it hard for the lay person to differentiate. The solid diagnosis is done by ultrasound of the heart called echo which shows weak heart contractions. If you have these symptoms consult with your doc. ...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


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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 the symptoms of heart failure?

What are the symptoms of heart failure?

Right or Left: Generally, left heart failure causes you to be short of breath (breathlessness). This is generally worse when you exert yourself (for example, walking up hill) or when you are lying flat in bed. This shortness of breath can be associated with a cough. The main symptom of right heart failure is swollen ankles and legs (buildup of fluid) Your liver may also become enlarged. ...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 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 are symptoms of heart failure.?

What are symptoms of heart failure.?

Breathless: Below are the more common symptoms but usually starts with breathlessness on exertion and decreased exercise tolerance; Feeling breathless on exertion and when lying flat. waking up in the night breathless. ankle swelling. cough. fatigue. decreased exercise tolerance. confusion in elderly. nausea or abdominal pain. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of heart failure?

What are symptoms of heart failure?

Shortness of breath: Shortness of breth with activity then at rest. Patients wake up from their sleep with breathing difficulty. To be able to sleep better they keep their head elevated with multiple pillows. They get short of breath when they lay flat. Edema in the legs and fluid retention is another findings. Patients may get tired and have dry cough. ...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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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 the dangers of of cardio arrhythmia and congestive heart failure?

What are the dangers of  of cardio arrhythmia and congestive heart failure?

Sudden cardiac death: Sudden cardiac death can occur due to an arrhythmia if one has a weakened heart muscle. That is why evaluation for defibrillators are always done fo this patient population. ...Read more

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What are the end-stage symptoms of untreated heart failure?

What are the end-stage symptoms of untreated heart failure?

Chf: Extreme shortness of breath on mild exertion, edema of legs, facial puffiness, weakness, loss of appetite. Etc. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of left-sided heart failure?

What are the symptoms of left-sided heart failure?

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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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 dangers of cardio arrhythmia and congestive heart failure?

Death: The most severe danger is death. Let your cardiologist guide you down this rocky path to safety. ...Read more

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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

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What are the symptoms of coronary heart disease.

What are the symptoms of coronary heart disease.

Coronary disease: Pain left chest, pain shoulder, pain in jaw, pain in back or stomach. Shortness of breath indigestion, choking heart burn, nausea, vomiting palpitation, irregular heart rate. Dizziness extreme weakness and anxiety. ...Read more

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What are some of the complications of congestive heart failure?

What are some of the complications of congestive heart failure?

Quite varied: The immediate effect is back-up of pressure into the lungs, causing congestion there. Due to the poor forward flow out of the heart, the kidneys often are affected, and the need for diuretic medications to clear up the lungs can worsen kidney function even more. Liver disease, even cirrhosis, can occur if back-up extends all the way through the right side of the heart. ...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