Right Sided Heart Failure

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Teri16
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   Posted 7/17/2005 10:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Basically right sided heart failure (HF) is when the right side of your heart isn't pumping as efficiently as it should be...there are many reasons for right sided heart failure.
 
Left sided heart failure can actually cause the right side of your heart to overwork and result in right sided HF, some heart valve problems may lead to this as well.
 
Some symptoms of RHF are;   shortness of breath, swelling of feet and ankles, urinating more frequently at night, pronounced neck veins, palpitations, (sensation of feeling the heart beat), irregular fast heartbeat, fatigue, weakness and faintness.
 
For more information, please see the link below...
 
http://www.emedicine.com/radio/topic189.htm
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Teri16
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   Posted 7/17/2005 10:24 PM (GMT -7)   

'A Right-heart cath, or angiography is performed to detect abnormalities in the blood flow through the right side of the heart.'

http://www.pennhealth.com/ency/article/003874.htm


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Famulus
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   Posted 7/17/2005 10:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Excellent article, Teri. Right? RIGHT. yeah
(at least, I think so)
hugs,
Oona

Teri16
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   Posted 7/17/2005 10:55 PM (GMT -7)   
I think it's a great article-I'm glad you enjoyed it! tongue
Hugs, Teri
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Famulus
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   Posted 7/17/2005 11:19 PM (GMT -7)   
I had a right heart cath in 1977 via my radial artery (right arm). Caths were fairly new then, but had been around I believe since the mid-late 60's. Do you know the date Teri? I remember very clearly being warned that I could lose the use of my arm, but I don't recall the warning about the risk of heart attack, which is what happened at the end of the cath (at the tender age of 27). Back then, they checked you in the day before and then kept you overnight the day of the cath. (I was there 9 days) By today's standards they may as well have been using a dredging claw on a cable, and it will be a cold day in hell before I do that again. I now have most of the symptoms that you listed in the first post and EF=50.
(that was a VERY comprehensive article!)
Thank you, Teri
hugs,
Oona

Teri16
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   Posted 7/18/2005 8:16 AM (GMT -7)   
Oona, I am so sorry to hear what occurred during your first heart cath!! sad You were very young! and of course the heart cath was in it's very early days as you mentioned.  I can guarantee that they have come a very long way since then!! yeah Of course, there will always be 'warnings' that 'could' happen with any procedure, even the heart cath of today.  However, going to a reputable Dr. and hospital can help keep some of those lowered.  We are all such individuals and each of us unique in what they will find when they do such a procedure.  I still get a bit nervous having a heart cath done, but the thought of what might happen without this procedure being done, is much more worrisome to me! 
 
re the history of the heart cath... tongue here is a little snippet that I found that I thought you might enjoy reading.
 
Best wishes, Oona!!
 
Hugs, Teri tongue
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   Posted 7/19/2005 9:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Oona
I am so sorry yuo got that bad cath that would scare the heebie jibbies uot of me too. but since the 60's they have made so many improvments to everything too i hope yu would really think about it long and hard if they wuld want yu to have one again.
I too have right sided CHF and the SOB can get to you really bad and the swelling of your feet. I have a 10 W and  11 W in my closet in case they swell my feet that is and my regular 10 M cannot fit.
I am learning to live with it but Teri it was a great article.
Heidi
Life is not  measured by the number of breaths we take,
But by the moments that take our breath away.
 
 
Faith does not lie in trusting God to stop the storm,
But in trusting Him to enable us to walk through the storm.
 
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