Right-Sided Congestive Heart Failure
Right-Sided Congestive Heart Failure is a condition that occurs when the right side of the heart fails to pump blood to the lungs in an ordinary way. This situation arises when the right vertical develops problems resulting to heart failure. Heart failure is common in people whose left ventricle develops problems. When blood piles in the left ventricle that has problems, the right ventricle may not effectively pump blood to the lungs, thus, it weakens and result to heart failure. Thus, the most common cause of the Right-Sided Congestive Heart Failure is failure of the left side ventricle (Robinson & Sprayberry, 2009). Failure of the right ventricle may either by diastolic or systolic heart failure. Although failure by the left ventricle is the major cause of the Right-Sided Congestive Heart Failure is the problem linked to right side of heart, other conditions may result to condition.
Other factors that cause the Right-Sided Congestive Heart Failure include high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, and valve conditions. High blood pressure arises in a situation whereby cholesterol or fat becomes deposited on the blood vessels, and the vessels become small hence making it hard for blood to pass through it. The damage on the coronary arteries of the heart may result to Right-Sided Congestive Heart Failure because of restriction of the flow of blood. The coronary arteries may be blocked by the fatty layers or cholesterol and they become narrow. As the heart valves control the flow of blood in and out of the heart by opening and closing, these valves may malfunction hence forcing the heart to pump the blood hard. Pumping the heart hard may result to Right-Sided Congestive Heart Failure (Uzelac, Moon & Badillo, 2005).
For individual suffering from Right-Sided Congestive Heart Failure, the initial signs may include:
- The legs, feet, and ankles may swell,
- One gains weight,
- There are is an increased rate of urinating
Upon the condition of the Right-Sided Congestive Heart Failure worsening, one may experience:
- Heart beat which is not regular,
- One may cough when the lungs gets congested,
Other symptoms indicate that the condition of the Right-Sided Congestive Heart Failure is severe. These conditions include:
- Chest pains that cause the upper part of the body to ache,
- Breathing rapidly,
- In some instances, the skin may appear bluish,
- One may suffer heart attacks
- One may also faint in some cases.
When an individual suffers these conditions, the person should be referred to a cardiologist. The cardiologist does some physical examination of the patient that may entail listening to the heartbeats through the stethoscope. The stethoscope is used to evaluate whether the hearts beats are normal or irregular. This monitoring is very critical because the cardiologist may be required to carry out further tests after evaluating the results of the initial tests. The other tests that the cardiologist can carry out include magnetic resonance imaging, stress tests, and the blood tests. The magnetic resonance imaging takes the photograph of the heart in efforts to evaluate any abnormalities. Stress tests are done to evaluate whether the patient is suffering from any level of stress, while the blood tests evaluate whether there blood is infected or whether there exists any abnormal cells in the blood.
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Uzelac, P. S., Moon, R. W., & Badillo, A. G. (2005). SOAP for internal medicine. Oxford: Blackwell.