How to tell if it's right or left sided heart failure?

Symptoms overlap. By symptoms alone sometimes its difficult. A thorough history and physical exam along with an echocardiogram usually goes along way to making the diagnosis.

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What is left-sided heart failure from?

Weakened LV. Can be caused by many things but most common cause is cad. Lv function is usually assessed by an echocardiogram. Read more...
Left ventricle. The left ventricle is dysfunctional either during systole (squeezing). Or diastole (relaxing) or both. In either case, forward flow of blood through the heart to the body is impaired. This leads to blood backing up into the lungs causing shortness of breath. Read more...

What are the tests for left-sided heart failure?

LEFT SIDED FAILURE. The usual test for left sided failure includes pro bnp and if elevated suggest l.V failure .Next test is chest x-ray and if it shows cardiomegaly with evidence of chf. Next test is echocardiography and finally left ventriculography. Read more...
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...

What are the symptoms of left sided heart failure?

Swelling. The left side of the heart pumps blood throughout your body. When it fails, it decreases blood flow to organs. This can cause kidney injury, liver injury, fatigue, shortness of breath with little exertion, swelling of the feet and legs, fluid build-up in the lungs, and difficulty sleeping flat due to shortness of breath. Medications and diet are important for this disease! Read more...

What are the symptoms of left-sided heart failure?

Congestion. Breathlessness, especially with exertion. Easy fatigability. Impaired exercise capacity. These are early signs. Without treatment, one becomes short of breath resting, especially when lying down (orthopnea) and at night (paroxysmal nocturnal dyspnea). Eventually the right heart also fails leading to swelling (edema), abdominal fluid (ascites and effusions), and cachexia (wasting). Read more...

Could you explain what is left sided heart failure?

Congestive heart fai. CHF is a symptom complex. Many cardiac problems can cause chf. Generally loss of exercise capacity, shortness of breath, fatigue and sometimes peripheral swelling we call edema is present. CHF can be right sided, left sided or biventricular. It can be caused by systolic, diastolic or valvar problems. It affects the whole body and all its systems. Read more...