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Could you explain what is acute congestive heart failure?

Could you explain what is acute congestive heart failure?

CHF: It means heart is unable to provide sufficient pump action to maintain blood flow to meet the needs of the body. ...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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Can acute heart failure turn into chronic heart failure, or are they completely different disorders?

Can acute heart failure turn into chronic heart failure, or are they completely different disorders?

Heart failure: Acute heart failure is usually an exacerbation of chronic heart failure. That said there's pretty much always a first presentation of heart failure and that can be acute. They are part of a continuum in general. ...Read more

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How deadly is acute heart failure?

How deadly is acute heart failure?

Could be very: Could lead to death if not treated but the problem is that acute heart failure, if recurrent, leads to to chronic heart failure which has a mortality of 50% at five years (if untreated). ...Read more

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Is troponin typically elevated in acute heart failure?

Is troponin typically elevated in acute heart failure?

Can be: You may visit this site for information on this topic:
http://www.acc.org/latest-in-cardiology/articles/2014/07/18/13/16/causes-of-non-acs-related-troponin-elevations
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Acute heart failure/myopathy from an autoimmune disease or virus/bacteria... Wouldn't this cause an abnormal CBC, C-RP & ESR??

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

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What are the long term consequences of acute on chronic diastolic heart failure?

What are the long term consequences of acute on chronic diastolic heart failure?

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 more

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Does BP 120/70 for 57+ yr female (on 'Olmezest 20') indicate any post cardiac issue (e.g. heart failure etc) ?

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

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Right v left-sided heart failure?

Right v left-sided heart failure?

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

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How does someone get heart failure?

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How does someone get heart failure?

Rupture: Of cholesterol plaque in coronary artery causing heart attack or any other process where heart muscle becomes weakened causing systolic dysfunction & also can get diastolic heart failure when heart muscle squeezes well but doesn't relax well. ...Read more

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Why do people die from heart failure?

Why do people die from heart failure?

See Below: Because they die from irregular heart beat, arrythmia, pump failure or volume overload and respiratory failure. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have heart failure?

How do I know if I have heart failure?

Heart failure: Common symptoms of heart failure are shortness of breath, fatigue, lack of energy, swelling. These symptoms can be caused by other diseases too and therefore should be evaluated by a physician. ...Read more

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What causes right-sided heart failure?

What causes right-sided heart failure?

RV failure: The commonest cause of right heart failure is left heart failure. After left heart failure causes include pulmonary vascular disease, pulmonary parenchymal disease, congenital heart disease, myocardial disease and valvular heart disease and others ...Read more

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How do I know if I have heart failure ?

How do I know if I have heart failure ?

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 more

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What are symptoms of heart failure in women?

What are symptoms of heart failure in women?

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 more

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If my aunt had heart failure could I get it ?

If my aunt had heart failure could I get it ?

Not contagious: Heart failure is not contagious, but if there is a genetic reason for her heart failure, it is possible for the genetic problem to be passed on. ...Read more

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What are causes of right sided heart failure?

What are causes of right sided heart failure?

Many: Most common cause of r sided failure is l sided failure. Pulmonary hypertension, primary lung diseases and valvular problems can also produce this. ...Read more

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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