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Why Do People With Lung Disease Often Die Of Heart Failure
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
Multiple reasons: Cachexia is seen in more advanced and late stage heart failure and is related to neuro-endocrine, inflammatory, and metabolic changes associated with this disease. Congestion of the gut can result in poor appetite ; poor absorption. Also metabolism may be impaired due to liver congestion. Tumor necrosis factor, also called cachexin, contributes to this process as well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Unusual: The disease homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia can cause heart attacks in someone in their 20's. People with this have cholesterol levels above 500. I have also seen a couple patients with diabetes and who smoke who have had heart attacks in their 20's. Kidney failure while young can be caused by inherited or autoimmune kidney disease both of which are relatively rare. ...Read more
Hypermobility: The term "hypermobility syndrome" is usually used to refer to persons who have excessive mobility of their joints (eg., can bend their thumbs all the way back to touch their forearm, etc.) while it may be associated with increased achiness, it does not do any serious harm. Marfan's disease is a specific genetic condition which features both hypermobility and a separate heart valve abnormality. ...Read more
Does heart failure always happen after a heart attack? What are the symptoms of heart failure and does heart attacks always lead to heart failure?
Heart : Heart failure can cause shortness of breath, which may worsen with activity or when lying down or sleeping. Heart failure can also cause chest pain, fatigue, exercise intolerance, swelling of the legs, abdominal fullness, loss of appetite, weight gain, or heart palpitations. The symptoms are related to water retention and decreased ability for the heart to maintain adequate blood flow to the body's vital organs. Heart attacks are the most common cause of heart failure, but they do not always lead to heart failure. In the modern era, there are several ways to treat heart attacks which minimize the risk of developing heart failure later. If you have had a heart attack, it is crucial to improve your risk factors to help prevent more heart attacks or the development of heart failure. This means eating healthy, exercising, not smoking tobacco, and controlling your blood pressure and cholesterol. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Sadly, congestive heart failure, which is a complex syndrome that occurs for a variety of reasons & causes symptoms of fluid retention in the lungs and legs, breathlessness, and fatigue remains a common and frequently encountered problem seen in virtually all fields of medicine. It is usually treated by family docs, internists, and cardiologists. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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Many reasons: Most patients with heart failure can live a long life nowadays. It depends on how severe it is. Factors that determine how long you live are:1. How severe it is 2. What is the underlying cause 3. How good is your treatment 4. How compliant you are with the treatment 5. What other illnesses you have 6. How old you are so find a good doctor and do what he advises and you should be around a while. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
CHF: At the present time there still are about 500, 000 new cases of CHF a year. Better control of hypertension and diabetes and coronary artery disease is hoped to decrease it. The obesity epidemic in the country bodes ill for the future however. We have improved treatments for CHF but nothing beats preventing it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sometimes: There are a couple heart conditions that are genetic, such as cardiomyopathy, and some arrhythmias. For the "ordinary" heart disease caused by cholesterol, high blood pressure, and such, it's more vague. While the lifetime risk of heart disease may be due to eating, alcohol use and smoking, and exercise, there is a genetic link in susceptibility. So if dad has heart disease, take care of yourself. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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