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Dr. Bennett Werner
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Congestive Heart Failure (Definition)

Congestive heart failure, 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 sufficent oxygen and nutrients. When the left side of the heart is damaged, fluid builds up in the lungs, which results in difficulty breathing. When the right side of the heart is affected, fluid builds up in the extremities and abdomen, resulting in swelling of the legs and poor absorption of nutrients due to ...Read more


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What is the difference between coronary diseases and?Congenital heart disease?

What is the difference between coronary diseases and?Congenital heart disease?

CHD: Congenital means you are born with it, and is usually a structural defect inside the heart. Coronary disease is a 'clogging' of the coronary arteries which occurs later in life due to a variety of causes. ...Read more

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How can a congenital heart disease cause congestive heart failure?

How can a congenital heart disease cause congestive heart failure?

Flow demands: The fetal heart is required to do about half the work of living outside. Blood from the body is pumped through the heart back to the body & placenta without going through the lungs. Mom also does the work of providing nutrients, removing waste & keeping temperature stable. After birth, the heart must pump thru the lungs & do more work. The additional load can lead the heart to fail. ...Read more

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What is meant by congestive heart disease?

What is meant by congestive heart disease?

Poor heart function.: I am asumming you mean congestive heart failure. When the heart muscle is too weak to pump, fluid gets accumulated in the lungs, the legs and under the skin even intraabdominally and even in the scrotum. Pts. Get difficulty to breath and intolerance to physical effort that is progressive, associated to general fatigue. Has multiple causes. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are some common leads to of congestive heart disease?

Could you tell me what are some common leads to of congestive heart disease?

Many: Most common causes are coronary artery disease causing heart ischemia and systolic heart dysfunction, hypertensive disease and diabetes mellitus. Other causes include valvular heart disease, arrhythmias, cancer therapy, hypothyroidism, drug abuse, fluid overload like in renal failure, alcohol abuse etc. ...Read more

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What does congenital heart disease mean?

Defect at birth.: Congenital heart disease is a problem with the heart's structure and/or function that is present at birth.It is the most common type of birth defect, and causes more deaths in the first year of life than any other birth defects. Treatment depends upon the condition, some require no treatment, others need critical intervention to survive. It affects 8-10 of each 1000 births. ...Read more

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Can you die from congenital heart disease?

Can you die from congenital heart disease?

Yes: Yes. There are several heart defects that you may die from if you are affected. Usually that happens early in life. Many of the defects can be corrected surgically, but not all of them and sometimes despite correction they do not have good prognosis. I would refer you for the list of such conditions to pediatric cardiologist since science in this area is changing constantly. ...Read more

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What are the causes of congenital heart disease?

??????: The most common cause is that we have no direct cause for congenital heart defects. They can be associated with certain genetic conditions such as down's syndrome. I also think in my distant memory that there are some that can be drug/chemically induced. ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Werner
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Heart Diseases (Definition)

Heart disease is a condition in which a person has problems within his or her vascular system and heart, which includes both congenital birth defects and problems acquired later. Examples of heart disease include clogging (atherosclerosis) of the coronary (heart) arteries, heart attacks (obstructions of the arteries), damaged heart valves, heart muscle failure, and viral infections of the heart. Some major causes of heart disease include genetics, smoking, hypertension, high ...Read more