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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 some of the tests for Heart failure?

What are some of the tests for Heart failure?

The tests for Heart failure include:: Electrocardiogram, Echocardiogram, Xray of chest, Complete blood count, Thyroid blood tests, Comprehensive metabolic panel, Troponin, B type natriuretic peptide, Liver function test, Lipid panel, Cardiac catheterization, Right heart catheterization, Basic metabolic panel, Heart biopsy, Probnp, N terminal. ...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 heart failure? And what tests are used to diagnose it?

What are the symptoms of heart failure? And what tests are used to diagnose it?

SOB & edema: Sob & edema are typical...Chest x-ray & echocardiogram are usually part of the initial evaluation. ...Read more

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Could heart failure be missed during tests?

Could heart failure be missed during tests?

Yes: The heart is a very dynamic organ. Any evaluation is only accurate during the test. For instance heart failure can be very dependent on extra fluid in your body. If the test was done when fluid volume is low then it may not be worrisome. But the next day after eating too much salty food then your volume increases and now your heart shows signs of failure. Fortunately this doesn't happen a lot. ...Read more

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Bnp test 88. normal is under 125. But my last reading 7 months ago was 33. Does that mean I am getting heart failure?

Bnp test 88. normal is under 125. But my last reading 7 months ago was 33. Does that mean I am getting heart failure?

No: The variation you described is not clinically meaningful.
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Help please. Could ekgs or blood tests show heart failure?

Help please. Could ekgs or blood tests show heart failure?

Non-specific: Ecg can be non-specific. A blood test called a bnp level can help differentiate heart failure versus other conditions that may cause shortness of breath. ...Read more

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Does an echo and short stress test show if I have a bad heart or heart failure? I'm 18 male. Scared to excercise because my rest BPM is 120

Does an echo and short stress test show if I have a bad heart or heart failure? I'm 18 male. Scared to excercise because my rest BPM is 120

Heart tests: An echo shows if your heart is enlarged or if wall muscle is damaged or if the valves are not functioning right. Stress test checks for blockage in blood vessels to the heart. Sounds like you may need a holter monitor to check the rhythm and then treatment of your elevated rhythm and thyroid tests to rule out over active thyroid. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What will a creatine kinase (ck) blood test show? Will it show heart failure or such?

What will a creatine kinase (ck) blood test show? Will it show heart failure or such?

Muscle damage: Ck is elevated in cases of damage to muscles, it included skeletal muscle, heart muscle and smooth muscle. There are different types of ck and pathologists can distinguish which muscle group may be affected. Ck is usually not affected in uncomplicated heart failure. ...Read more

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If you have congestive heart failure.......Would that be seen in an echocardiogram at rest? If not, what tests or such can detect then.

If you have congestive heart failure.......Would that be seen in an echocardiogram at rest? If not, what tests or such can detect then.

Congestive aheart fa: The diagnosis of congestive heart failure is mstly clinical with edema, shortness of breath, engorged neck veins, liver enlargement and rales in lungs on auscultation.Xray chest, bnp test on blood elevated is done some times and resting echocardiogram is helpful in defining the ejection fraction and other imaging.So resting echo will be helpful along with all others. ...Read more

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Can a blood test tell ifu have heart problems and having cold arms doesnt mean heart failure?

Can a blood test tell ifu have heart problems and having cold arms doesnt mean heart failure?

Basic medicine: Lab work is far less helpful than history bland physical exam for evaluating the heart. Cold arms means basically nothing. If you are not having chest pain or syncopal attacks and can keep up physically with your peers doing physical activities, be glad for a healthy heart. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms and tests for diastolic heart failure? My EKG is irregular, echo seemed okay, I was told I have a sinus tach from a reg place.

What are the symptoms and tests for diastolic heart failure? My EKG is irregular, echo seemed okay, I was told I have a sinus tach from a reg place.

Confused: Hello, again, undiagnosed1! diastolic heart failure is present when heart failure is confirmed (by symptoms, chest x-ray, and sometimes b-natriuretic peptide measurement (bnp)) in the presence of normal systolic function (ejection fraction>55%). Sinus tach is a regular rhythm so if your ekg is irregular, you have something else or in addition to sinus tach. ...Read more

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I had 2 EKG & 2 blood & 1 xray work done 2 different times. Im very short of breath when i lay down would those test show heart failure or enlargment?

I had 2 EKG & 2 blood & 1 xray work done 2 different times. Im very short of breath when i lay down would those test show heart failure or enlargment?

Echocardiogram: An ekg can demonstrate heart rhythm and enlargement of the heart chambers but cannot detect congestive heart failure. An echocardiogram will show the status of the heart muscle strength or weakness as well as size of the chambers and status of the heart valves. A chest xray will show more advanced heart failure. Your md has this information and can advise you best. ...Read more

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Besides spirometry test, x ray, echocardiogram at rest, are there any other tests to detect heart failure? Blood tests? Stress test?

Yes: A cardiac catheterization can determine heart function as well as measure pressures. Spirometry measures lung function, not heart failure. Sometimes this is checked to rule out pulmonary dysfunction as a contributor to the patient's problems. Nuclear scans and specialized ct scans can also give this information.
As already mentioned, there is also a blood test called bnp. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have heart failure?

How do I know if I have heart failure?

Heart failure: Common symptoms of heart failure are shortness of breath, fatigue, lack of energy, swelling. These symptoms can be caused by other diseases too and therefore should be evaluated by a physician. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have heart failure ?

How do I know if I have heart failure ?

Increasing swelling: This should raise your suspicion especially if associated with shortness of breath and easy fatigueability that is getting worse. The swelling is usually in the legs and is worst at bedtime and least in am on rising from bed. It is unusual to have CHF without leg edema in the evenings, unless you are taking water pills. ...Read more

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How possible is it that I have heart failure?

How possible is it that I have heart failure?

Talk to your MD: There are many causes of heart failure, some can be treated and cured, and others are a life long disease. Make sure to follow up with your local cardiologist to rule out any reversible causes.

http://amansawmd.com/2014/05/14/congestive-heart-failure-chf/ ...Read more

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What is a way to tell if I have heart failure?

What is a way to tell if I have heart failure?

Various: Early signs are usually shortness of breath with exercise, reduced exercise tolerance, fatigue, or edema. If you are really concerned, see your doc and get it checked out. ...Read more

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Can i take dectromethophan if I have heart failure?

Can i take dectromethophan if I have heart failure?

Heart failure: The only medication you should take for heart failure is whatever is prescribed by your heart doctor. ...Read more

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What to do if I have heart failure, can you be cured ?

What to do if I have heart failure, can you be cured ?

Depends on type: it depends upon the type of HF you have. sometimes there are reversible factors, sometimes the HF is due to damage to the heart. Heart Failure is a poor term in that it is very general - kind of like using "cancer" as a term - obviously there are different treatments and outlooks for lung, breast, skin, or prostate cancer - Heart Failure is an analogous situation. ...Read more

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Is it possible for me to have children if I have heart failure?

Is it possible for me to have children if I have heart failure?

CHF : For some people it is possible but the fetal and maternal mortality is high. It is not something we recommend. ...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