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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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Dr. Anjali Vaidya
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Right Sided Heart Failure (Definition)

If the right side of the heart can not keep up with the demand for blood pumping through the lungs, we call that right heart failure. Typical symptoms might include swelling in the feet or ankles, and in more severe cases abdominal discomfort or abdominal swelling. The most common cause of RHF is Left HF. These are serious conditions and require expert ...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'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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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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Can someone describe the difference between left heart failure and right heart failure?

Can someone describe the difference between left heart failure and right heart failure?

Some together: Left heart muscle ischemic, dead or scarred and does not push blood well( low ejection fraction), low blood pressure, and may back up and strain right heart and get pulmonary fluid retention, edema, peripheral edema. If right side muscle dies, scars or is under back pressure from bad lungs, pulmonary embolism it may show first signs, but left heart is not happy either due to poor inflow. Simple? ...Read more

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

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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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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Can somsone describe the difference between left and right heart failure?

Heart failure: Heart failure can be separated into left heart failure which is due to either a weakness in the muscle, cardiomyopathy, or arterial disease either can weaken the ability of the heart to pump. Right heart failure is due to lung disease which weakens the heart, or due to congenital heart disease. Either cause can lead to pump failure, or failure of the heart to pump the blood that comes into it. ...Read more

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What is differences between right ventricular hypertrophy & right heart failure; cor pulmonale & pulmonary hypertension? Do they hv the same meaning?

What is differences between right ventricular hypertrophy & right heart failure; cor pulmonale & pulmonary hypertension? Do they hv the same meaning?

Related: Pulmonary hypertension leads to right ventricular hypertophy. If the hypertension is severe and prolongued, the hypertrophied right ventricle begins to enlarge out of proportion to it's thickness. That is called cor pulmonale. Subsequently the right ventricle begins to fail, the right ventricular end diastolic pressures rise over 20mmhg, the rv cardiac output gets compromised, legs, liver, abdswell. ...Read more

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How does left heart failure lead to right heart failure or chf?

How does left heart failure lead to right heart failure or chf?

Left heart failure: Left ventricle is the main pumping chamber of the heart and damage to that chamber either from a heart attack or a cardiomyopathy can lead to heart failure. Congestive heart failure is a condition where the heart cannot pump the blood delivered to it and backs up into the lungs causing shortness of breath. This can be caused by left heart failure, and can also lead to both chambers failing. ...Read more

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Do you fight to breathe? Is right heart failure cureable?

Right heart failure: It is usually related to a serious medical problem. It never occurs out of the clear blue but there are many causes. Some are surgically curable and some can be helped medically. Find out the cause from your physician and ask him. ...Read more

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What does 'right heart' failure mean?

What does 'right heart' failure mean?

Right heart: In right heart failure the right side of the heart (aka right ventricle) is affected and weakened. It can occur as consequence of pulmonary hypertension, or severe lung disease (cor pulmonalae) or end stage left sided failure. ...Read more

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How serious is right heart failure in a woman?

How serious is right heart failure in a woman?

Pretty serious.: Failure is never good. But the underlying cause of failure is more important than the failure itself. Understanding the cause, be it valvular, pulmonary or l sided is the key to how serious it is and guides treatment. Heart failure in a woman is the same as in a man until pregnancy comes along. ...Read more

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Is right heart failure diagnosed from an enlargement of the heart?

Is right heart failure diagnosed from an enlargement of the heart?

Partially: Right heart failure, which can occur in conjunction with left heart failure (biventricular failure) can also occur in isolation-often with severe pulmonary disease where it is referred to as cor it is diagnosed from physcal findings of passive liver congestion, elevated venous jugular pressures, peripheral edema and often confirmed via echocardiography. ...Read more

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Does right heart failure be helped?

Does right heart failure be helped?

Yes: If it is due to lung problem or COPD it can be improved by improving lung function like smoking cessation, treatment of sleep apnea, weight reduction, and other treatments of copd. It is usually associated with left heart failure and there are a lot of medical treatment for that. ...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


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