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

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Dr. Bennett Werner
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Two sides of heart

Left heart (lv) failure, what commonly "heart failure" refers to, involves processes that lead to inadequacy of lv to pump blood, this sometimes leads to lung congestion.
Right heart failure, commonly but not always a result of untreated or under-treated left heart failure, occurs when the right side of the heart is not pumping. Leading to accumulation of fluid everywhere, including the chest.

In brief: Two sides of heart

Left heart (lv) failure, what commonly "heart failure" refers to, involves processes that lead to inadequacy of lv to pump blood, this sometimes leads to lung congestion.
Right heart failure, commonly but not always a result of untreated or under-treated left heart failure, occurs when the right side of the heart is not pumping. Leading to accumulation of fluid everywhere, including the chest.
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