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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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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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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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Please help! what is the difference between coronary artery disease & congestive heart failure?

Please help! what is the difference between coronary artery disease & congestive heart failure?

Blocked arteries vs.: Coronary artery disease typically refers to atherosclerosis of the coronary arteries which supply blood to the heart muscle. Atherosclerosis blocks the coronary arteries. Congestive heart failure is heart disease that restricts the heart's ability to deliver oxygen to the body, typically with increased filling pressure of the heart (causing fluid backup, or congestion.). ...Read more

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What is the difference between congestive heart failure and coronary artery disease or do you have both?

What is the difference between congestive heart failure and coronary artery disease or do you have both?

Different problems: Coronary artery disease is a narrowing of the small blood vessels that supply blood and oxygen to the heart. (http://1.Usa.Gov/lrisvf) congestive heart failure is a condition in which the heart can no longer pump enough blood to the rest of the body. (http://1.Usa.Gov/lrirha). ...Read more

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There: what is the difference between congestive heart failure and coronary artery disease in a diabetic?

CHF: Is typically caused by a weakened heart muscle or one that "relaxes" poorly whereas CAD is caused by cholesterol plaques in coronary arteries. Frequently CAD is present with chf. Diabetics are at great risk for getting cad. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between coronary artery disease and congestive heart failure?

Is there a difference between coronary artery disease and congestive heart failure?

Yes: Coronary artery disease means the arteries of the heart have partial or complete blockage. Congestive heart failure means the heart musle is weak and not pumping blood well enough and fluid back up into the lungs. Often patients with congestive heart failure have coronary artery disease, but not always. ...Read more

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Can you tell me the difference between congestive heart failure and coronary artery disease?

Can you tell me the difference between congestive heart failure and coronary artery disease?

Disease vs symptom: Coronary artery disease is cholesterol build up in the coronary arteries. CHF is a symptom complex of shortness of breath . Unable to lay flat . Waking up short of breath and decrease exercize tolerence. It usually occurs when blood backs up in the lungs as a result of the heart not working efficiently. CHF is not a diagnosis as there are many causes and a source should be found. ...Read more

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Need help. Is 22 too young to have heart disease/congestive heart failure?

Need help. Is 22 too young to have heart disease/congestive heart failure?

It can happen: Unfortunately, sometimes young people also get affected by heart failure. Most often it relates to a viral infection that infects the heart muscle, called "myocarditis". This can lead to substantial heart failure in young patients, and is treated similarly to older patients with hf. However, sometimes the disease can get so bad that heart transplant needs to be considered. ...Read more

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Which disease is more manageable, coronary heart disease or congestive heart failure?

Which disease is more manageable, coronary heart disease or congestive heart failure?

Serious and manageab: Congestive heart failure is often one of the compications of CAD. Both are serious conditions that can be managed with proper medications, diet, exercise and always addressing the root cause of the 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