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How was your CHF diagnosed?

Do you experience any limitations during physical activities due to your CHF?

Are you experiencing signs and symptoms due to your CHF?

When was the last time your were hospitalized for treatment of CHF?

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How was your CHF diagnosed?

Congestive heart failure (CHF) is a clinical condition during which cardiac function does not meet the body’s need, which results in fluid accumulation in the lungs, the liver, the gastrointestinal tract, and the arms and legs.

CHF may affect only the right side (right-sided heart failure) or only the left side of the heart (left-sided heart failure), but most commonly both sides are involved.

Systolic heart failure represents a diminished ability of the heart to eject sufficient amount of blood.

Diastolic heart failure represent a diminished ability of the heart to fill up with sufficient amount of blood.

CHF has been classified according to minor and major criteria, Framingham Criteria for Congestive Heart Failure..

Do you experience any limitations during physical activities due to your CHF?

The New York Heart association has classified CHF according to limitations during physical activities, New York Heart Associations Functional Classification for Congestive Heart Failure (NYHA).

Are you experiencing signs and symptoms due to your CHF?

The following signs or symptoms, and types of medications, suggest CHF severity and will indicate if the individual has  compensated CHF or uncompensated CHF:

  • Peripheral edema, distended neck veins, shortness of breath, paroxysmal nocturnal dyspnea, severe orthopnea, fatigue, weakness?
  • Have you experienced any recent weight changes?
  • How many pillows do you sleep on at night?
  • Do you have swollen ankles?
  • What medications are you taking?

Patients with uncompensated CHF may present with acute complications.

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When was the last time your were hospitalized for treatment of CHF?

Even minor surgical procedures have been associated with increased mortality within 30 days of hospitalization for CHF.

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