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What is the pathophysiology of congestive heart failure?

What is the pathophysiology of congestive heart failure?

Muscle or Vascular: It is ischemic or non-ischemic cardiomyopathy. It is either a vascular problem or a muscle problem. ...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 are the consequences of congestive heart failure?

What are the consequences of congestive heart failure?

Multiple: Fluid accumulation, shortness of breath, pulmonary edema, arrythmia, cardiomypathy, sudden death. ...Read more

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What are the signs of congestive heart failure?

What are the signs of congestive heart failure?

CHF: Symptoms & signs of CHF are shortness of breath with minimal exertion, or at rest, getting tired or fatigued easily, sleepin on more than one pillow, getting up at night short of breath, swelling of both legs, retention of fluid in abdomen. ...Read more

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What is the cause of heart inlargement?

What is the cause of heart inlargement?

Weakness: When the heart weakens, it enlarges in an attempt to pump more blood in its weakend state. Just like using a larger lever can lift a heavier rock, the heart can pump more blood when it enlarges, even if the muscle is weaker. ...Read more

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Please explain the mechanism of disease of congestive heart failure?

Please explain the mechanism of disease of congestive heart failure?

Heart Failure: CHF is a condition where the left heart function is weakened to the point where blood is not pumped quickly enough and backs up in your lungs as it exits the right side of your heart. The increase in pressure, along with leaky blood vessels in your lungs, causes the non cellular fluid in blood to spill into your alveoli, or air sacks in your lungs. So air exchange and breathing become difficult. ...Read more

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What are the causes of heart failure?

What are the causes of heart failure?

Depends: Congestive heart failure or CHF can be from many things. Different types include systolic dysfxn wich means a weak heart. Usually from a virus, heart attack, or post partum.Diastolic dysfxn where the heart is stiff is usually due to hyer tension. High out put heart failure is when things such as hyperthyroidism or anemia . So your question is very broad and you need to narrow it down ...Read more

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What is the purpose of spironolactone in congestive heart failure?

What is the purpose of spironolactone in congestive heart failure?

Improved survival: Spironolactone lowers blood pressure and initiates diuresis while sparing magnesium & potassium. It's an older drug that has found new use now because it blocks aldersterone from injuring heart muscle & increases heart muscle norepinephrine. Studies show it improves survival in left heart failure. See http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/10995520. ...Read more

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What is the significance of congestive heart failure in the medical history?

Incr mortality: Congestive heart failure suggests either prior infection/inflammation, valvular dysfunction, or coronary artery disease (most common). Regardless, CHF is associated with increase mortality compared to similar person w/o condition. It also has a profoundly negative impact on quality of life. Check out http://www.Mayoclinic.Com/health/heart-failure/ds00061. ...Read more

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What is the cause of death for respiratory failure?

What is the cause of death for respiratory failure?

See below: There are two types of respiratory failure - hypoxic where the body does not get enough oxygen, and hypercapneic, where the lungs cannot wash out the carbon dioxide. Either one can cause death. Usually, we can give supplemental oxygen or help with various machines to blow off the co2 but if the underlying lung disease cannot be reversed, that results in death. ...Read more

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What are the key symptoms of congestive heart failure?

What are the key symptoms of congestive heart failure?

Short breath, edema: Leg swelling and shortness of breath with minor activity or when lying flat are signs of chf. However, you need to know that other illnesses could present the same way making it hard for the lay person to differentiate. The solid diagnosis is done by ultrasound of the heart called echo which shows weak heart contractions. If you have these symptoms consult with your doc. ...Read more

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What are signs of congestive heart failure and is this always fatal?

What are signs of congestive heart failure and is this always fatal?

Shortness of breath: Shortness of breath, initially with exercise, and in more severe cases even at rest. This may be worse when lying flat and may cause awakening with shortness of breath. Frequent nighttime awakening to pass urine may occur. Swelling of the ankles may develop, engorgement of veins in the neck may be seen. While life expectancy is shortened, with treatment, there can be a number of good years. ...Read more

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What is the difference between congenital and congestive heart failure?

What is the difference between congenital and congestive heart failure?

Present at birth: Congenital heart problems are anatomic problems with the heart that are there from birth. Congestive heart failure is a condition where the heart is overloaded with fluids and is unable to efficiently pump. Some people have excessive swelling in their legs and fluid in their lungs, leading to shortness of breath. ...Read more

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What is the cause of rheumatic heart disease and heart murmurs?

What is the cause of rheumatic heart disease and heart murmurs?

Autoantibodies: Rheumatic heart disease is one of the complications of an untreated strep infection.A month or more after the infection, the body has made antibodies that mistale the tissue of the heart for the germ they were designed to fight.Over time thease antibodies cause inflamation of the heart and can injure the valves. After the acute phase is past, you have a weaker heart with leaky valves and murmurs. ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Werner
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Congestive Heart Failure (Definition)

Otherwise known simply as heart failure, is a condition in which the heart muscle is weakened. It may be receiving inadequate blood flow, its valves might be malfunctioning or the heart muscle might have thickened or stiffened. As a result, the heart, which is a pump, cannot supply the body with ...Read more