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What causes left-sided heart failure?

Related Topics: Congestive Heart Failure
 

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Heart failure in the left ventricle is the most common form of heart failure. Left-sided heart failure is most often caused by high blood pressure or coronary artery disease. COPD and left-sided heart failure are not directly related. However, the two conditions may influence each other. For example, low oxygen in the blood from COPD may put excess strain on the heart, worsening left-sided heart failure. Excess fluid in the lungs from heart failure can make breathing even more difficult for someone with COPD.

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Cardiomyopathy is also a known cause of LV heart failure. It weaken the ejection fraction of the left ventricle. This is treated with beta blockers and ace inhibitors and if necessary diuretics to ensure CHF does not occur or does not continue. The ventricle can restrengthen with time but how much or little is on a case by case basis.

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