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Doctor insights on: Causes Of Congestive Heart Failure

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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 causes congestive heart failure to produce heavy breathing?

What causes congestive heart failure to produce heavy breathing?

Elevated pressure: Heart failure causes elevated filling pressures in the heart which then reflect back in the lungs. The elevated pressures in thelungs causes fluid to extravasate into the parenchyma, which causes shortness of breath and dyspnea. ...Read more

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Need expert help here. What are the causes of congestive heart failure?

Need expert help here. What are the causes of congestive heart failure?

Experts: Here's an expert monograph from the mayo clinic with a terrific explanation and list of causes: http://www.Mayoclinic.Com/health/heart-failure/ds00061/dsection=causes. ...Read more

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How can a congenital heart disease cause congestive heart failure?

How can a congenital heart disease cause congestive heart failure?

Flow demands: The fetal heart is required to do about half the work of living outside. Blood from the body is pumped through the heart back to the body & placenta without going through the lungs. Mom also does the work of providing nutrients, removing waste & keeping temperature stable. After birth, the heart must pump thru the lungs & do more work. The additional load can lead the heart to fail. ...Read more

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How does congestive heart failure cause edema (foot swelling)?

How does congestive heart failure cause edema (foot swelling)?

Low pressure, : Water leaks out of the vessels and can not be pumped out of the legs due to low pressure. Low pressure also reduces the blood flow to the kidneys, resulting in activation of hormones that cause fluid retention. ...Read more

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Need help. Is 22 too young to have heart disease/congestive heart failure?

Need help. Is 22 too young to have heart disease/congestive heart failure?

It can happen: Unfortunately, sometimes young people also get affected by heart failure. Most often it relates to a viral infection that infects the heart muscle, called "myocarditis". This can lead to substantial heart failure in young patients, and is treated similarly to older patients with hf. However, sometimes the disease can get so bad that heart transplant needs to be considered. ...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