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Congestive Heart Failure Classifications And Diagnosis

Author: Jassin M. Jouria, MD
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CE: 3 hours Pharmacology: 0.5 hour
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Course Summary

When the heart is no longer able to adequately provide the body’s organs and tissues with vital oxygen and nutrients, heart failure has occurred. A well-functioning heart circulates blood throughout the body, and when the heart fails to operate at optimal levels, fluid consisting of mostly water leaks from capillary blood vessels. This fluid interferes with the body’s normal processes, most notably the lungs, causing shortness of breath and general weakness and fatigue. Although science has provided several treatment options that can extend the lives of many patients with congestive heart failure, patients have to follow treatment approaches carefully to avoid repeat hospital readmissions. This is the first is a series of courses on congestive heart failure.

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Course Syllabus

I.              Introduction

II.            CHF Epidemiology And Prevalence

III.          Classifications Of Congestive Heart Failure

1.   High Output Congestive Heart Failure

2.   Low Output Congestive Heart Failure

3.   Left-sided Congestive Heart Failure

4.   Right-sided Congestive Heart Failure

5.   Acute versus Chronic CHF

6.   Biventricular Heart Failure

IV.          Risk Factors And Comorbidity In CHF

1.   Cardiac Arrhythmias

2.   Myocardial Infarction

3.   Cardiomyopathy

4.   Valvular Heart Disease

5.   Hypertension

6.   Anemia

7.   Beriberi

8.   Thyrotoxicosis

9.   Atriovenous Fistula

10.        Cor pulmonale

11.        Paget’s Disease of the Bone

12.        Rheumatic Heart Disease

13.        Infective Endocarditis

14.        Myocarditis and Pericarditis

15.        Congenital Heart Diseases

16.        Aneurysm of Aorta

17.        Toxic Exposures

V.             Symptoms Of Congestive Heart Failure

1.   Shortness of Breath

2.   Leg Swelling

3.   Exercise Intolerance

4.   Wheezing

5.   Pulmonary Crackles

6.   Cyanosis

7.   General Symptoms of Heart Failure

8.   Diabetes and CHF Symptoms

VI.          Diagnosis Of Congestive Heart Failure

1.   Physical Examination

2.   Chest X-Ray

3.   Electrocardiogram and Echocardiogram

4.   Laboratory Blood Tests

VII.        Summary


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