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 Relation between palpitation anf hypothyroidism?
I have slightly high BP, i have palpitations sometimes @ night, my hearts beats fast or sometimes i believe i have irregular beats. I checked my TSH value its 10.8, i have hypothyroidism. Does ...

 i took 130 parecetomal yesterday and im already feeling deaths door?
feel really ill forgetful and iching like ...

 Help with Cholesterol numbers?
Can someone tell me if my numbers look okay.
60 HDL
111 LDL
173 TRI

My total Cholesterol is 206.
It was almost 300! So it has come down with proper diet and ...

 What do I have?. heart issues? WTF?
Ok, doc says Murmer (onset)? very frequent palpetations. I had an ultrasound done and the Tech didnt make things any more somforting by saying its happening much to much. Also, I have mmmm, i think ...

 My blood pressure is 97 over 50, is that okay?

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I am 15, weigh 120 pounds, and am 5'6"....

 Fit 30 yr old male with hypertension and EXTREME pulse pressure - need specialist?
Hi, i am a fit 30 year old non smoker with a low resting pulse of 40 bpm, with an average pulse of 58 across all BP measurements, but i have been diagnosed with essential hypertension by my GP. I ...

 My BP shot up to 189/101. How do I get it down quickly and should I be concern?
I have stage 2 hypertension. I'm on Diovan HCT and my BP is usually around 155/95. Last week it was hanging around 160/101. Today is shot up to 189/104. I'm not sure what I can do or ...

 what are the 4 chambers of the heart?

 is it against the law to ask for monitary help on the internet?
quad bypass surgery then contacted MRSA had leg amputated mid calf and have no ...

 Heart attack or Anxiety attack?
I'm 15 im a guy, I've been feeling short of breath all night and my hearts beating fast and also my heart hurts from time to time. Is this just an anxiety or signs of a heart attacks ...

 Starting Atenolol Was Previously On Torpol XL Question?
for about 3 weeks ive been on toprol xl 50mg cause of extra heart beats..it didnt really help so my dr is starting me on atenolol 100mg im suppose to take 1 and half the first few days then go for ...

 I have been told by a cardologist that I have a 30% blockage on the back side of my heart. Is this serious?

 Could it be Heart Problems?
Well to start out im obese (BMI of 36) (I recently gained weight fast 80 lbs in a year. no thyroid problems. went from 110 to 190) and have high cholesterol. Ive had it for about a year now and have ...

 how serious is chest pain along with rapid heart rate and dizziness?

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now my heart rate is normal but still having chest pain and ...

 what can cure heart palpitations ?
iv had em for years on and off first i didnt understand what was happning but then i found out the name etc IV HEARD THEY R NOT DANGEROUS ONLY IF U HAVE HEART PROBLEMS ETC USUALLY ITS JUST DUE TO STRE...

 i have heart murmur!!!!! please give me some information?
i have heart murmur but not the innocent one.
is it fatal? do i need surgery? can i still participate in sports?...

 What are lipid disorders?

 I just recently had a stress test done with the dye that is injected for chest pains that I have been having.?
As soon as I started the tread mill, my blood pressure went sky high, like 225/185, yea, talk about scared. Well, I was soo winded and could only do 4 minutes which was terrible. I am over weight ...

 heart pain?
right in the middle of my chest i have this nagging pain i have already been to a dr an he says my heart is just fine but why does the pain keep continuing day after day an also sometimes this ...

 High blood pressure?
I'm only 15 years old, and the other days my blood pressure has been like 145/80, which is HIGHHHH i know..I'm not fat, I did cardio everday before i started feeling bad..Why else can I ...

what is the difference between congestive heart failure and chronic heart failure?
can anyone tell me the difference btwn between congestive heart failure and chronic heart failure ?

Mary Boo

Medic Webber's account is fair but not precise. Here are the facts in a nutshell:

Congestive heart failure:

Congestive heart failure, or simply heart failure, is a condition that occurs when the heart is unable to pump enough blood to meet the needs of the body's tissues. It generally occurs as a result of other forms of heart disease.

Chronic heart failure:

Chronic heart failure is a clinical syndrome, not a single diagnosis. Although initiated by heart's pump failure, it is characterised by substantial hormonal, metabolic, and functional alterations* in the periphery.* Non-cardiac factors frequently become major determinants of symptoms.

Chronic stable heart failure may easily decompensate. This most commonly results from an intercurrent illness (such as pneumonia), myocardial infarction (a heart attack), arrhythmias, uncontrolled hypertension, or a patient's failure to maintain a fluid restriction, diet or medication. Other well recognized precipitating factors include anaemia and hyperthyroidism which place additional strain on the heart muscle. Excessive fluid or salt intake, and medication that causes fluid retention such as NSAIDs and thiazolidinediones, may also precipitate decompensation.

Jason A
it's the same thing. only difference in chronic heart failure, the heart is too damaged to fully recover.

As far as I know, and I'm a paramedic, there is no difference.

Congestive Heart Failure, or CHF, occurs when the heart muscle has been damaged to the point that, although it still contracts and pumps blood, it does so poorly.

The contractions are very weak and blood begins to back up in the veins that bring blood to the heart. The heart simply can't pump enough of it out to equalize the pressure behind it in the veins. The result is that this backed-up blood tends to sit in areas of the body it should be hanging around in for so long. The extra fluid, and remember-blood is fluid, has to go somewhere. It can't all fit in the veins. So the liquid part of the blood either settles in the extremities, (right-sided heart failure), or seeps into the lungs, (left-sided heart failure). The results are swollen feet/ankles/calfs/legs/arms, or fluid in the lungs with increasingly difficult breathing as the fluid accumulates. (Sadly, CHF is one of our most common calls in EMS.)

CHF is chronic. It is with you every day of your life once your heart is damaged. The symptoms reoccur to varying degrees throughout the rest of your life.

I briefly perused Wikipedia's information on heart failure and it seems to be accurate-though I didn't take the time to read the whole thing. You could try reading that page, or looking at other medical sites. There is a LOT of information on this disease out there.



Congestive heart failure (CHF) is a condition in which the heart's function as a pump is inadequate to meet the body's needs.
Many disease processes can impair the pumping efficiency of the heart to cause congestive heart failure.
The symptoms of congestive heart failure vary, but can include fatigue, diminished exercise capacity, shortness of breath, and swelling.
The diagnosis of congestive heart failure is based on knowledge of the patient's medical history, a careful physical examination, and selected laboratory tests.
The treatment of congestive heart failure can include lifestyle modifications, addressing potentially reversible factors, medications, heart transplant, and mechanical therapies.
The course of congestive heart failure in any given patient is extremely variable.


Heart failure (HF) is generally defined as inability of the heart to supply sufficient blood flow to meet the body's needs.[1][2][3] It has various diagnostic criteria, and the term heart failure is often incorrectly used to describe other cardiac-related illnesses, such as myocardial infarction (heart attack) or cardiac arrest.
Common causes of heart failure include myocardial infarction (heart attacks) and other forms of ischemic heart disease, hypertension, valvular heart disease and cardiomyopathy.[4] Heart failure can cause a large variety of symptoms such as shortness of breath (typically worse when lying flat, which is called orthopnea), coughing, ankle swelling and exercise intolerance. Heart failure is often undiagnosed due to a lack of a universally agreed definition and challenges in definitive diagnosis. Treatment commonly consists of lifestyle measures (such as decreased salt intake) and medications, and sometimes devices or even surgery.
Heart failure is a common, costly, disabling and potentially deadly condition.[4] In developing countries, around 2% of adults suffer from heart failure, but in those over the age of 65, this increases to 6–10%.[4][5] Mostly due to costs of hospitalization, it is associated with a high health expenditure; costs have been estimated to amount to 2% of the total budget of the National Health Service in the United Kingdom, and more than $35 billion in the United States.[6][7] Heart failure is associated with significantly reduced physical and mental health, resulting in a markedly decreased quality of life.[8][9] With the exception of heart failure caused by reversible conditions, the condition usually worsens with time. Although some patients survive many years, progressive disease is associated with an overall annual mortality rate of 10%.[10]

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