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What causes heart failure?

Many causes. The primary job of the heart and cardiovascular system is to deliver oxygen to the body. A failure to adequately deliver oxygen to the body is one of the best definitions of heart failure. There are many causes of heart failure. Structural heart disease, congenital heart disease, damaged heart muscle due to a myriad of causes are all examples of problems that can cause heart failure. Read more...
Weakness of heart. CHF is primarily caused by an issue in the heart that prevents it from being able to supply your body with the oxygen it needs. This can be caused by weakness of the heart muscle, insufficiency of a valve in the heart or a rhythm disturbance that disrupts the forward flow of blood from the heart. Read more...
Heart failure. In a healthy heart, during each heartbeat a set amount of blood enters the heart and is pumped out again. In heart failure, your heart cannot cope with pumping the full amount of blood in each heartbeat. Systolic heart failure- the ventricles of the heart do not contract properly during each heartbeat so blood is not adequately pumped out of the heart.Diastolic heart failure. This occurs when the ventricle does not fill up with blood enough. Read more...

Can you describe heart failure?

Fluid overload. Congestive heart failure is a state where the body holds onto salt and water that you eat and drink which fails to come out in the urine. This is typically the result of a heart that is not working properly. For a variety of reasons, the heart sends a signal to the kidneys to hold on to salt and water resulting in shortness of breath and swelling of the extremities. Read more...
Heart failure. The inability of the heart to increase the output to keep up with the oxygen needs of the body. As the heart weakens as a pump, the work load of the body that the heart can support becomes lower. A good metaphor would be to think of an 8 cylinder engine moving a car analogous to a healthy heart. A weak heart my be running on 4 cylinders. Read more...

Can children have heart failure?

Yes. Yes, children can develop congestive heart failure. It can be due to congential causes like physiologic abnormalities or abnormalities of metabolism or other congential causes. It can also be due to toxin exposures or viral causes or other infections like kawasaki's disease. Read more...

Right v left-sided heart failure?

Physical exam. Fluid accumulates during congestive heart failure. When the right side of the heart fails, fluid accumulates in the legs and abdomen. When the left side of the heart fails, fluid accumulates in the lungs and makes the patient short of breath. Not infrequently, both sides of the heart fail at the same time. Read more...

What happens during heart failure?

See below. Because the heart is weakened, it cannot pump the blood forward normally. This produces symptoms such as fatigue. Also the pressure rises within the heart resulting in a build up of fluid in the lungs and eventually involving the right side of the heart so that there is leg swelling. The body responds to the low output by releasing certain hormones which worsen the swelling. It is complex. Read more...
Heart failure. Heart failure means the heart is not pumping adequate output to satisfy the bodies needs. Usually this results in fluid retention, fatigue, edema, and shortness of breath. There is a form called diastolic failure in which the heart pumps adequately but to do this requires high intracranial pressures and fluid retention. Read more...

How does someone get heart failure?

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

What are symptoms of heart failure?

Shortness of breath. Shortness of breth with activity then at rest. Patients wake up from their sleep with breathing difficulty. To be able to sleep better they keep their head elevated with multiple pillows. They get short of breath when they lay flat. Edema in the legs and fluid retention is another findings. Patients may get tired and have dry cough. Read more...
Breathlessness. Below are the more common symptoms but usually starts with breathlessness on exertion and decreased exercise tolerance; Feeling breathless on exertion and when lying flat. waking up in the night breathless. ankle swelling. cough. fatigue. decreased exercise tolerance. confusion in elderly. nausea or abdominal pain. Read more...

What drugs can cause heart failure?

Drugs and HF. There are several drugs used to treat specific types of cancer that are associated with the development of heart failure. The most common are doxorubicin, cyclophosphamide, and trastuzamab. This doesn't mean that they should not be used but that their use should be carefully monitored. Alcohol, cocaine, and amphetamines can also cause heart failure. Read more...
A few. Ceratain chemotherapy drugs like adriamycin (doxorubicin) can damage the heart leading to CHF and some antidiabetic and arthritis drugs can worsen preexisting chf. Read more...