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Can you describe congestive heart failure?

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Dr. Charles Jost
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
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In brief: Many symptoms

Shortness of breath, fatigue, fluid retention, edema, decreased oxygenation and ascites, pleural effusion.
It is a progressive disease and, left untreated, 50% of patients will die in 5 years - in general a worse prognosis than cancer.

In brief: Many symptoms

Shortness of breath, fatigue, fluid retention, edema, decreased oxygenation and ascites, pleural effusion.
It is a progressive disease and, left untreated, 50% of patients will die in 5 years - in general a worse prognosis than cancer.
Dr. Charles Jost
Dr. Charles Jost
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Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
Preventive Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Stiffness - Weakness

With increased stiffness &/or weakness of heart pumping (muscle &/or valve problems), brain reflexes ? thirst/water intake & ? water output from kidneys; thus body water increases, i.
e. The congestion (edema). If heart function not too sick, the ? water/blood volume improves pump function; but no limit to the reflex & the increased water (edema) can fill the lungs (can't breath) & legs/body swells.

In brief: Stiffness - Weakness

With increased stiffness &/or weakness of heart pumping (muscle &/or valve problems), brain reflexes ? thirst/water intake & ? water output from kidneys; thus body water increases, i.
e. The congestion (edema). If heart function not too sick, the ? water/blood volume improves pump function; but no limit to the reflex & the increased water (edema) can fill the lungs (can't breath) & legs/body swells.
Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
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