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How does someone get heart failure?

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Dr. Rick Koch
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Rupture

Of cholesterol plaque in coronary artery causing heart attack or any other process where heart muscle becomes weakened causing systolic dysfunction & also can get diastolic heart failure when heart muscle squeezes well but doesn't relax well.

In brief: Rupture

Of cholesterol plaque in coronary artery causing heart attack or any other process where heart muscle becomes weakened causing systolic dysfunction & also can get diastolic heart failure when heart muscle squeezes well but doesn't relax well.
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Dr. Andrew Chung
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
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In brief: Dysfunctional Heart

Heart failure happens when there is a problem with the heart during contraction (systolic dysfunction) or during relaxation (diastolic dysfunction) or both.

In brief: Dysfunctional Heart

Heart failure happens when there is a problem with the heart during contraction (systolic dysfunction) or during relaxation (diastolic dysfunction) or both.
Dr. Andrew Chung
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Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez
Pediatrics - Cardiology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Many causes

Anything that injures the heart or increases its workload can lead to congestive heart failure.
The former can include heart attack (coronary artery blockage), myocarditis or primary heart muscle disease (cardiomyopathy). The latter can include pressure overload from uncontrolled hypertension, severe lung disease or injury, severe kidney disease, severe anemia, heart valve failure & many others.

In brief: Many causes

Anything that injures the heart or increases its workload can lead to congestive heart failure.
The former can include heart attack (coronary artery blockage), myocarditis or primary heart muscle disease (cardiomyopathy). The latter can include pressure overload from uncontrolled hypertension, severe lung disease or injury, severe kidney disease, severe anemia, heart valve failure & many others.
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Dr. Loki Skylizard
Surgery - Thoracic
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In brief: Dysfunction

Heart failure can be sudden (acute) or progressive over time.
It is dysfunction of the heart to properly squeeze/eject blood to the rest of your body. Dysfunction can occur from heart muscle injury and heart muscle thickening/stiffening by heart attack, high blood pressure, heart valve dysfunction, heart infection, etc... Most commonly in usa is from coronary disease (plaque/heart attack).

In brief: Dysfunction

Heart failure can be sudden (acute) or progressive over time.
It is dysfunction of the heart to properly squeeze/eject blood to the rest of your body. Dysfunction can occur from heart muscle injury and heart muscle thickening/stiffening by heart attack, high blood pressure, heart valve dysfunction, heart infection, etc... Most commonly in usa is from coronary disease (plaque/heart attack).
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