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Why do people die from heart failure?

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Dr. Charles Jost
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
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In brief: See Below

Because they die from irregular heart beat, arrythmia, pump failure or volume overload and respiratory failure.

In brief: See Below

Because they die from irregular heart beat, arrythmia, pump failure or volume overload and respiratory failure.
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Dr. Bennett Werner
Internal Medicine - Cardiology

In brief: Hypoxemia

With reduced cardiac function, the lungs fill with fluid, filling the air spaces and impairing gas exchange (backward failure).
In some cases of heart failure, the blood pressure can't be supported resulting in shock and poor perfusion of vital tissues (forward failure). Often, both processes are present simulataneously at the end.

In brief: Hypoxemia

With reduced cardiac function, the lungs fill with fluid, filling the air spaces and impairing gas exchange (backward failure).
In some cases of heart failure, the blood pressure can't be supported resulting in shock and poor perfusion of vital tissues (forward failure). Often, both processes are present simulataneously at the end.
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Dr. Rick Koch
Internal Medicine - Cardiology

In brief: Arrhythmia is

Most common cause if heart is dilated and weakened.

In brief: Arrhythmia is

Most common cause if heart is dilated and weakened.
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