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Why do people with lung disease often die of heart failure?

Why do people with lung disease often die of heart failure?

Right Heart: COPD / emphysema patients develop right heart dysfunction late in the disease (called cor pulmonale)- this can result in fluid gain, edema and heart failure. ...Read more

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Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


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How can heart failure lead to chronic lung disease?

How can heart failure lead to chronic lung disease?

Yes: poorly optimized HF therapy, or long standing valvular heart disease can lead to pulmonary hypertension and damage to the lung blood vessels. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how heart failure lead to chronic lung disease?

Can you tell me how heart failure lead to chronic lung disease?

Resistance: Lungs are low resistance organs with failure of the heart to pump or fill the lungs are exposed to increased pressure which in time injures them ...Read more

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I'm too scared to ask this question lung disease, heart failure

I'm too scared to ask this question lung disease, heart failure

The : The only way to get an answer for your question is to ask it. Sometimes people avoid things which frighten them or make them uncomfortable. If the issue is important to you, then go ahead and ask about it. ...Read more

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What may develop as a result of right-sided heart failure from lung disease?

What may develop as a result of right-sided heart failure from lung disease?

Right heart failure: shortness of breath, edema, fainting, and death would be the most important results. ...Read more

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If a has 2 heart attacks before a year & now cardiomegaly & lungs filled with fluid means symptoms of conngestive heart failure. Will he survive?

If a has 2 heart attacks before a year & now cardiomegaly & lungs filled with fluid means symptoms of conngestive heart failure. Will he survive?

It depends: Heart attacks can lead to congestive heart failure because of a loss of heart muscle. This can result in a decrease in the squeezing function of the heart. This is turn can lead to fluid building up in the lungs causing shortness of breath. Heart failure can be treated with appropriate medications and diet restrictions. Your cardiologist would be in a better position to give you an assessment. ...Read more

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69yrold emphysema both top lungs no air sacs bottom right pneumonia right heart failure broke hip never seen dr until now life expectancy? Heavy smoke

69yrold emphysema both top lungs no air sacs bottom right pneumonia right heart failure broke hip never seen dr until now life expectancy? Heavy smoke

Hard to say: Heavy tobacco use alone significantly reduces life expectancy. Major emphysema also reduces it. I would not want a future of progressive pulmonary issues and gradual loss of any ability to care for oneself. ...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. Klaus D Lessnau
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Lung Diseases (Definition)

Lung diseases are diseases that interfere with the lung's ability to exchange oxygen. They includes genetic diseases, infections, ...Read more