Misdiagnosis of Underlying Causes of Heart failure


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About underlying conditions: With a diagnosis of Heart failure, it is important to consider whether there is an underlying condition causing Heart failure. These are other medical conditions that may possibly cause Heart failure. For general information on this form of misdiagnosis, see Underlying Condition Misdiagnosis or Overview of Misdiagnosis

Underlying conditions list: The list of possible underlying conditions mentioned in various sources for Heart failure includes:

Heart failure as a complication: Other conditions that might have Heart failure as a complication might be potential underlying conditions. The list of conditions listing Heart failure as a complication includes:

Heart failure as a symptom: Conditions listing Heart failure as a symptom may also be potential underlying conditions:

Underlying conditions discussion: The presence of coronary disease is among the greatest risks for heart failure. Muscle damage and scarring caused by a heart attack greatly increase the risk of heart failure. Cardiac arrhythmias, or irregular heartbeats, also raise heart failure risk. Any disorder that causes abnormal swelling or thickening of the heart sets the stage for heart failure.

In some people, heart failure arises from problems with heart valves, the flap-like structures that help regulate blood flow through the heart. Infections in the heart are another source of increased risk for heart failure.1

Footnotes:
1. excerpt from NHLBI, Heart Failure: NHLBI

Last revision: May 29, 2003

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