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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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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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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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What are some symptoms of left sided heart failure due to effects on the lungs?

What are some symptoms of left sided heart failure due to effects on the lungs?

Breathing problems: Left sided heart failure and pulmonary edema(fluid in lungs) mainly results in shortness of breath (sob). Sob with exertion and at rest in worse cases. You may, also get leg, swelling in addition. You may also notice sob while lying flat. ...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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Hi my lung function came back sayimg my CO Transfer factore is reduced to 74%. Can you pls tell me what at means ? I have right heart failure also.

Hi my lung function came back sayimg my CO Transfer factore is reduced to 74%. Can you pls tell me what at means ? I have right heart failure also.

Ok: If less than fifty then I would be more concerned. However with heart failure it is not uncommon to have low dlco. The more concerning is why right heart failure at age 44. Meaning of low dlco is low ability of oxygen to be absorbed from lungs to blood. ...Read more

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Is a one time event of fluid in lungs etc. after a respiratory infection always considered irreversible heart failure?

Is a one time event of fluid in lungs etc. after a respiratory infection always considered irreversible heart failure?

NO: Heart failure is seldom "irreversible" since there are MANY medications available for treatment! Consultation with a Cardiologist might be indicated after the first episode of acute heart failure!!!!!!(Not to mention possible SURGICAL treatment! Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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43yo f diagnosis with diastolic dysfunction have 63% of predicted lung function, sever edema sob fatigue when does dysfunction become heart failure?

43yo f diagnosis with diastolic dysfunction have 63% of predicted lung function, sever edema sob fatigue when does dysfunction become heart failure?

Diastolic heart fail: diastolic dysfunction becomes heart failure once the pressures upstream from the heart (in the left atrium and lungs) becomes elevated. This can be manifested by shortness of breath, low oxygen levels, and edema. ...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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Swelling in my fingers in morning, gurgling in chest, fatigue. Ekg, blood work, doc listened to lungs and heart all was fine.Could this be heart failure?

Swelling in my fingers in morning, gurgling in chest, fatigue. Ekg, blood work, doc listened to lungs and heart all was fine.Could this be heart failure?

Gurgling in chest: Failure of esophageal sphincter or esophageal dysmotility could cause gugling sounds in the chest. Swelling of fingers could be sclerodactyly. Therse featutres we could see in crest syndrome. Your physician could consider this indifferential diagnosis. There are other reasons too. ...Read more

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I'm 23 with pulmonary hypertension and right heart failure. The pills my lung doctor puts me on constantly makes me sick. Could surgery help?

I'm 23 with pulmonary hypertension and right heart failure. The pills my lung doctor puts me on constantly makes me sick. Could surgery help?

PAH: Pulmonary arterial hypertension (pah) is best treated medically, assuming your doctor has excluded chronic lung blood clots as a cause. The only surgery for group 1 pah is lung transplant which is reserved for patients who fail medical therapy. There are several drugs available for pah, perhaps there are other options. Please discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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My husband has right sided heart failure ejection fraction 54. Still having chest pain and swelling can you help me?

My husband has right sided heart failure ejection fraction 54. Still having chest pain and swelling can you help me?

Chf: If someone with heart failure has chest pain, he has to be evaluated for coronary artery disease. If he is continue to have swelling, then either treatment has to be aggressive or he is not compliant with salt and water intake. Since his ef is 54 and normal, i assume he has diastolic dysfunction. Make sure he does not have any valvular heart disease. Talk to a cardiologist to optimize the treatmen. ...Read more

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How is the heart failure, chest pain treated?

How is the heart failure, chest pain treated?

See below.: Very differently depending on the cause. Too large a subject to cover in a few lines. ...Read more

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