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

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Dr. Gutti Rao
Internal Medicine - Hospital-based practice

In brief: R/L heart failure

Right heart (right ventricle and atrium) failure typically has dependent edema, liver enlargement and increased jugular venous pulsations.
Left heart (left ventricle and atrium) failure typically manifests with pulmonary edema. You can even have a combination of the two. This classification is not used as much. We have a systolic, a diastolic and mixed heart failure- this is the most used.

In brief: R/L heart failure

Right heart (right ventricle and atrium) failure typically has dependent edema, liver enlargement and increased jugular venous pulsations.
Left heart (left ventricle and atrium) failure typically manifests with pulmonary edema. You can even have a combination of the two. This classification is not used as much. We have a systolic, a diastolic and mixed heart failure- this is the most used.
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