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I have congestive heart failure with a 30% ejection fraction, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy , and left bundle branch block is it safe for me to fly?

I have  congestive heart failure with a 30% ejection fraction, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy , and left bundle branch block is it safe for me to fly?

Depends: It depends on your overall health. Do you have an icd, are you on daily oxygen, daily medications, can you sit for exended lengths of time, how long is the flight? Commercial airlines have cabin pressures set to about 7000ft. So if you can tolerate that altitude (denver is about 5600ft), air travel may be ok. Discuss with your doctor. Tsa will need to know if you have an icd. ...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 is right side heart failure vs. Left sided?

What is right side heart failure vs. Left sided?

Right heart failure: Right heart failure refers to weakness or stiffness involving the right ventricle or lower chamber as opposed to the left ventricle. This causes a unique constellation of symptoms including swelling in abdomen and legs, liver malfunction, weakness and shortness of breath. ...Read more

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Why does only left-sided heart failure cause pulmonary edema?

Why does only left-sided heart failure cause pulmonary edema?

Not the only: Pul edema is fluid in the lungs due to a shift of fluid from the veins and capillaries to the sorroundings lung tissues.. This can happen when the pressure in the veins rises as in left heart failure or when the veins become leaky because of infection,inflammation toxic chemicals and drugs,etc. The other conditions include high altitude,sudden chest decompression,drowning. ...Read more

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What are the signs and symptoms of left sided heart failure with pulmonary congestion?

Heart failure: Pulmonary congestion caused by fluid build-up in the lungs leading to shortness of breath is the main symptom of left-sided heart failure. This can progress to lower extremity swelling and abdominal bloating as the disease process worsens. ...Read more

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What are the signs and symptoms of left sided heart failure associated with pulmonary congestion?

What are the signs and symptoms of left sided heart failure associated with pulmonary congestion?

Orthopnea: Fatlgue, shortness of breath on lying down or nocturnal shortness of breath, in severe cases, coughing up pink frothy mucous , restlessness, cold sweats etc. ...Read more

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What are the signs and symptoms of left sided heart failure due associated with pulmonary congestion?

What are the signs and symptoms of left sided heart failure due associated with pulmonary congestion?

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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My husband is recently on hospice far right side heart failure. He has an ejection fraction of 54 percent now. But he is still having chest pain?

My husband is recently on hospice far right side heart failure. He has an ejection fraction of 54 percent now. But he is still having chest pain?

Chest pain: Chest pain in heart failure has to be evaluated for coronary artery disease. Make sure you don't have significant valvular heart disease, such as aortic stenosis etc.. It is important you should be evaluated by a cardiologist. Good luck. ...Read more

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Does cor pulmonale = right sided heart failure?

Does cor pulmonale = right sided heart failure?

Sort of: Cor pulmonale is the inability of the right side of the heart to pump blood through the lungs. One common cause is left-sided heart failure and this isn't cor pulmonale. A host of lung diseases cause cor pulmonale and some folks use the term to include heart failure due to pulmonary thromboembolization. ...Read more