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How is CHF fatal?

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Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine
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In brief: Breathing trouble.

CHF by itself can be fatal by causing the lungs to fill with fluid in spaces that are normally occupied by air. Exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide is impaired and vital organs are not properly supplied with oxygen, and they start to fail.

In brief: Breathing trouble.

CHF by itself can be fatal by causing the lungs to fill with fluid in spaces that are normally occupied by air. Exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide is impaired and vital organs are not properly supplied with oxygen, and they start to fail.
Dr. Dean Giannone
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Dr. Robert Robinson
Internal Medicine

In brief: Heart arrhythmia

The most common cause of death with CHF is a heart arrhythmia like ventricular fibrillation or ventricular tacycardia.
This is the reason why people with advanced CHF may have a survival benefit when using an implanted defibrillator (AICD)

In brief: Heart arrhythmia

The most common cause of death with CHF is a heart arrhythmia like ventricular fibrillation or ventricular tacycardia.
This is the reason why people with advanced CHF may have a survival benefit when using an implanted defibrillator (AICD)
Dr. Robert Robinson
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Dr. Rick Koch
Internal Medicine - Cardiology

In brief: Most commonly

Due to arrhythmia like VT or vfib.

In brief: Most commonly

Due to arrhythmia like VT or vfib.
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Dr. Charles Jost
Internal Medicine - Cardiology

In brief: 5yrs, 50%

At five years, the mortality rate is 50%.
It is fatal through fluid retention due to pump failure, kidney disfunction and arrythmias.

In brief: 5yrs, 50%

At five years, the mortality rate is 50%.
It is fatal through fluid retention due to pump failure, kidney disfunction and arrythmias.
Dr. Charles Jost
Dr. Charles Jost
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