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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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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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Whats the difference between right ventricular enlargement, cardiomyopathy and right sided heart failure? What is worse?

Whats the difference between right ventricular enlargement, cardiomyopathy and right sided heart failure? What is worse?

Hello again!: RV enlargement can be a SIGN of something wrong with the RV (weakness, pressure or volume overload). Cardiomyopathy means muscle weakness: the ventricle fails to contracts with normal vigor. This can be due to many things: the commonest are viral infection, alcohol, and genetics. If the RV can't handle the load, it may eventually fail resulting in"right sided heart failure". ...Read more

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What's the difference between left heart failure vs right heart failure?

What's the difference between left heart failure vs right heart failure?

R/L heart failure: Right heart (right ventricle and atrium) failure typically has dependent edema, liver enlargement and increased jugular venous pulsations. Left heart (left ventricle and atrium) failure typically manifests with pulmonary edema. You can even have a combination of the two. This classification is not used as much. We have a systolic, a diastolic and mixed heart failure- this is the most used. ...Read more

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What is the difference between left heart failure and right heart failure?

What is the difference between left heart failure and right heart failure?

Left and right heart: Left heart failure reduces the ability of the heart to pump bold to the body. It is mainly caused by chronic hypertension, coronary artery disease or valve disease. It causes fliuid to build up in lungs. Right heart failure is the inability to pump blood to the lungs. It is mainly caused by lung disease or by pressure in lungs from left heart failure. Fluid then builds up in the bodies veins. ...Read more

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What is the difference between left heart failure and right heart failure?

What is the difference between left heart failure and right heart failure?

Overlap: Left ventricle- left heart with pulmonary edema and congestion right ventricle venous congestion dropsy peripheral edema when one side has issues the other develops issues but one set of symptoms may be first or more obvious heart attacks, valvular disease, viral cardiomyopathy can lead to such situations. ...Read more

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What is left sided heart failure and is it fatal?

What is left sided heart failure and is it fatal?

Fluid backup to lung: Left-sided heart failure results in fluid buildup in the lungs and causes shortness of breath. This can be a result of problems with the mitral valve. If this is the case, correction of the valvular disease can arrest progression of the disease.Typically, over time, the right heart will also fail. ...Read more

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What is right heart failure?

What is right heart failure?

Edema: Blood flows from the veins to be right heart, to the lungs, to the left heart, and back out to the body. When a part of the heart is not functioning, blood backstop behind the nonfunctioning segment increasing pressure. When the right heart is not working, blood backstop behind the right heart increasing pressure in the veins. This causes venous fluid to drain into the surrounding tissue. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for right sided heart failure?

What is the treatment for right sided heart failure?

Right heart failure: The best treatment for right heart failure is to treat the underlying cause. If the right heart fails due to lung disease, then treat it, or if it is due to congenital heart disease then try to correct the defect. Sometimes the cause can't be determined or corrected and then we do the best we can to treat the symptoms. ...Read more

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What is pathophysiologic of right sided heart failure !?

What is pathophysiologic of right sided heart failure !?

Right heart failure: The commonest cause of right heart failure is left heart failure. The causes of isolated right heart failure include primary pulmonary hypertension and pulmonary diseases associated with pulmonary hypertension. Left to right cardiac shunts cause right heart failure and mitral stenosis is another(techinically this is a left heart cause. ...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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Describe the difference between left heart failure and right heart failure?

Describe the difference between left heart failure and right 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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What's the difference between left vs right heart failure?

Whole books on this!: In a nutshell, left heart failure causes congestion in the lungs: breathlessness with exertion, when lying down, interfering with sleep, cough, coughing blood. Right heart failure causes congestion in the abdomen and legs: enlarged liver, fluid in the abdomen (ascites), swollen intestines with loss of appetite, nausea, swollen genitals, swollen legs/ankles. They often occur together. ...Read more

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Could you explain what is left sided heart failure?

Could you explain what is left sided heart failure?

Congestive heart fai: CHF is a symptom complex. Many cardiac problems can cause chf. Generally loss of exercise capacity, shortness of breath, fatigue and sometimes peripheral swelling we call edema is present. CHF can be right sided, left sided or biventricular. It can be caused by systolic, diastolic or valvar problems. It affects the whole body and all its systems. ...Read more

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Help please? What is the difference between a right sided heart failure and a leftsided heart failure?

Help please? What is the difference between a right sided heart failure and a leftsided heart failure?

Affected ventricle: Simplistically, the difference between right heart failure and left heart failure is which pumping chamber is failing, the right ventricle pumping to the lungs, or the left ventricle pumping to the body. Beyond that, the likely causes are different and the treatment options are different. ...Read more

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What is the typical treatment for right side heart failure?

What is the typical treatment for right side heart failure?

Not easy: Unfortunately, our understanding and treatment of right heart failure is not at the level of left heart failure. One has to be careful with fluid management because in the case of right heart failure, you're actually dependent on volume to keep the function of the heart going, therefore, overly aggressive fluid management treatments often backfire. The balance is much more important here. ...Read more

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What's the treatment for right side heart failure?

What's the treatment for right side heart failure?

Specific treatment: Really depends on the cause. In general diuretics are critical to treat the volume overload and edema. ...Read more

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How could a right sided heart failure lead to swelling of the ankles but left sided would not?

How could a right sided heart failure lead to swelling of the ankles but left sided would not?

The right side of : Heart receives blood from the body so if it is not functioning properly it won't be able to receive well and hence there will be a back flow and this usually ends up in the lower extremity as gravity will then rule. The left side of the heart allows the blood to flow to the rest of the body so if its not functioning it won't make it out or pump it. (Rather simplistic explanation, but hope you get ...Read more

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What's the difference between left and right heart failure?

What's the difference between left and right heart failure?

Great question: In left heart failure, there is congestion in the lungs. In right heart failure, there is congestion everywhere except the lungs, ie ankles, legs, genitals, abdomen, internal organs etc. The two usually go hand in hand although occasionally one encounters pure examples of just one. ...Read more

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Whats the treatment for right side heart failure?

Whats the treatment for right side heart failure?

Vasodilators: In right sided heart failure the problem is abnormalities in the pulmonary or lung circulation. There is typically underlying lung diseases. Treatment involves 1) treatment of the specific lung disease, 2 ) supplemental oxygen if needed as this tends to dilate the blood vessels in the lungs 3) medicine that directly dilate the blood vessels in the lungs, one such medicine is a form of "viagra". ...Read more

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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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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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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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What is left-sided heart failure from?

What is  left-sided heart failure from?

Left ventricle: The left ventricle is dysfunctional either during systole (squeezing). Or diastole (relaxing) or both. In either case, forward flow of blood through the heart to the body is impaired. This leads to blood backing up into the lungs causing shortness of breath. ...Read more

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What are the tests for left-sided heart failure?

What are the tests for left-sided heart failure?

Multiple: Physical examination, chest x-ray, bnp (brain natruretic peptide) are the tools used most of the time. In some cases, echocardiography and cardiac catheterization are required. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of left sided heart failure?

What are the symptoms of left sided heart failure?

Swelling: The left side of the heart pumps blood throughout your body. When it fails, it decreases blood flow to organs. This can cause kidney injury, liver injury, fatigue, shortness of breath with little exertion, swelling of the feet and legs, fluid build-up in the lungs, and difficulty sleeping flat due to shortness of breath. Medications and diet are important for this disease! ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of left-sided heart failure?

What are the symptoms of left-sided heart failure?

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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Could you explain what is left sided heart failure?

Congestive heart fai: CHF is a symptom complex. Many cardiac problems can cause chf. Generally loss of exercise capacity, shortness of breath, fatigue and sometimes peripheral swelling we call edema is present. CHF can be right sided, left sided or biventricular. It can be caused by systolic, diastolic or valvar problems. It affects the whole body and all its systems. ...Read more

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How to tell if it's right or left sided heart failure?

How to tell if it's right or left sided heart failure?

Symptoms overlap: By symptoms alone sometimes its difficult. A thorough history and physical exam along with an echocardiogram usually goes along way to making the diagnosis. ...Read more

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How does left-sided heart failure cause right-sided heart failure?

How does left-sided heart failure cause right-sided heart failure?

CHF: the failed left ventricle backs blood up in the lungs which increases the work of the right heart which eventually fails ...Read more

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Is heart failure on the left and right side different from each other?

Is heart failure on the left and right side different from each other?

Yes: Left heart failure will affect the lungs. Right heart failure affects the systemic vaculature and causes ascites, abdominal distention, and lower extremity edema. ...Read more

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What are the factors that affect the severity of left sided heart failure?

CHF : This is complicated. The degree of muscle dysfunction, valve abnormalities, renal function, arterial and venous tone, chronotropic competence, coronary status, hormonal status , diabetes if present, anemia...... ...Read more

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How are the symptoms of right sided heart failure different from left heart?

Findings: One must remeber that the most common cause of right heart failure is left heart failure and thuswhat is often referred to as left heart failure can represent biventricular failure. Isolated left heart failure usually manifests in pulmonary edema and shortness of breath. Right heart failure can manifest as passive liver congestion, periphera edema, elevated venous jugluar pressures, etc. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of left sided heart failure due to your heart's low output?

Variable: These can vary tremendously from person to person. The symptoms can include fatigue, weakness, decreased exercise tolerance, shortness of breath, pulmonary edema. It can be associated with abnormal heart rhythms and also with symptoms of right heart failure as well (and commonly right heart failure symptoms do co-exist). ...Read more

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What is the difference between a right-sided heart failure and a left-sided heart failure?

Heart failure: The heart has left and right sides. Either side can fail. The commonest cause of right heart failure is left heart failure. Left heart can fail from heart attacks, valve disease, high blood pressure, genetic problems, viral diseases, poisons. Likewise the right heart. Chronic lung disease can also cause right heart to fail. This is not a a complete listing but should give an idea. Google for more ...Read more

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I was out of town and diagnosed with congenatal heart failure.Left side. Now back home in fresno, ca , where do I go, I have no insurance.?

State health agency: Congestive heart failure in someone's outage requires followup and treatment. Most of the medications used are generic and some low cost preliminary testing (echocardiogram, stress testing) is necessary to plan out a strategy. You may qualify for health care assistance--state health agencies could help. It is important that the diagnosis be confirmed and treatment started. Don't delay. ...Read more

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Are there any permanent treatments for left sided heart failure?

Heart failure: The cause of the heart failure informs what treatment and how effective it will be. "permanent" treatment is difficult to reconcile, no 'cure' is extant for heart failure tho effective treatments exist. ...Read more

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What is left sided heart failure and is it fatal?

Fluid backup to lung: Left-sided heart failure results in fluid buildup in the lungs and causes shortness of breath. This can be a result of problems with the mitral valve. If this is the case, correction of the valvular disease can arrest progression of the disease.Typically, over time, the right heart will also fail. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for left-sided heart failure?

What is the treatment for left-sided heart failure?

Heart failure: Left sided or systolic heart failure is treated with several meds including ace inhibitors, beta blockers and diuretics. Other meds such as spironolactone and arb, or angiotensin receptor blockers, can be added as allowed by blood pressure tolerates. ...Read more

Dr. Bennett Werner
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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