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What do heart failure and pericarditis have in common?

What do heart failure and pericarditis have in common?

Poor heart pumping: Pericarditis, by preventing the heart from moving properly, may result in worsening heart failure. This can be corrected by relieving fluid accumulation or, in some cases, by opening or removing the pericardium. ...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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What causes heart failure?

What causes heart failure?

Heart failure: In a healthy heart, during each heartbeat a set amount of blood enters the heart and is pumped out again. In heart failure, your heart cannot cope with pumping the full amount of blood in each heartbeat. Systolic heart failure- the ventricles of the heart do not contract properly during each heartbeat so blood is not adequately pumped out of the heart.Diastolic heart failure. This occurs when the ventricle does not fill up with blood enough ...Read more

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What is heart failure rehabilitation exactly?

What is heart failure rehabilitation exactly?

Program: Heart failure rehabilitation is a program that is called to retrain a failed heart muscle in order to regain some of its basic functions - contractility, relaxation etc. It usually includes certain cardiovascular and other types of exercises in graduated fashion to help the heart muscle build up its strength. ...Read more

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What's congestive heart failure, and why do they call it congested?

What's congestive heart failure, and why do they call it congested?

CHF: Treatment depends on what the cause of the CHF is. Could be surgical, could be medical. Systolic CHF is different from diastolic CHF and valvar stenosis CHF is different from valvar insufficiency chf. Virtually all kinds have diuretic as part of the treatment. ...Read more

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Would a cardiac MRI of shown a enlarged heart and cardiomyopathies? What about heart failure?

Would a cardiac MRI of shown a enlarged heart and cardiomyopathies? What about heart failure?

MRI: Yes an MRI can be used to diagnose enlarged heart, cardiomyopathy and heart failure. Another test that is often used to make these diagnoses is the echocardiogram. MRI uses magnets to image the heart and echocardiogram uses ultrasound. ...Read more

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My friend had leukemia and is starting to have heart failure. What happens with heart failure?

My friend had leukemia and is starting to have heart failure. What happens with heart failure?

Fluid overload: Patients with leukemia are often severely anemic . To compensate for the low blood count,plasma volume is increased and this can lead to fluid overload causing symptoms of heart failure such as difficulty in breathing and edema ...Read more

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What to do if my family friends son who had leukemia is starting to have heart failure. what happens with heart failure?

What to do if my family friends son who had leukemia is starting to have heart failure. what happens with heart failure?

Friend: your friend's son needs to be seeing and following his docs program. Nothing you can do but be supportive. Look up heart failure on Google if you want general info on it. ...Read more