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What Is Acute Heart Failure
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
Can acute heart failure turn into chronic heart failure, or are they completely different disorders?
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Yes: But such a diagnosis is made by your physician with these laboratory studies help ...Read more
Acute heart failure/myopathy from an autoimmune disease or virus/bacteria... Wouldn't this cause an abnormal CBC, C-RP & ESR??
Not necessarily: All these are general tests , not specific to a certain disease, you can have all what you mentioned with normal values of the said tests, ...Read more
Depends: I assume you mean chronic diastolic heart failure with acute exacerbation.Its what happens in diastolic heart failure-subject to intermittent acute exacerbation.It is particularly sensitive to heart rate and fluid volume.sudden death is another consequence besides heart failure. Atrial fibrillation is common and therefore stroke risk.Others die from comoerbiditieswhich are frequent such as kidney ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Does BP 120/70 for 57+ yr female (on 'Olmezest 20') indicate any post cardiac issue (e.g. heart failure etc) ?
Need the whole story: A blood pressure reading of 120/70 (especially if a one-time reading) has no special meaning by itself, because it happens in normal healthy people, in people with "mild" diseases, in people with "serious" diseases, in people with heart problems, and in people with no heart problems. The only way to tell is to get the whole picture of what is happening with a particular patient. ...Read more
Physical exam: Fluid accumulates during congestive heart failure. When the right side of the heart fails, fluid accumulates in the legs and abdomen. When the left side of the heart fails, fluid accumulates in the lungs and makes the patient short of breath. Not infrequently, both sides of the heart fail at the same time. ...Read more
Increasing swelling: This should raise your suspicion especially if associated with shortness of breath and easy fatigueability that is getting worse. The swelling is usually in the legs and is worst at bedtime and least in am on rising from bed. It is unusual to have CHF without leg edema in the evenings, unless you are taking water pills. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Several symptoms: The most common symptoms are fatigue, decreased exercise tolerance, shortness of breath with exertion, shortness of breath at night, need to use more pillows to sleep, swelling in the abdomen or legs, weight gain due to fluid buildup. If you experience any of these symptoms, see a cardiologist right away. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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