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Unnati Patel, MD, MSc (Primary Care Physician)

Dr Patel graduated from the Zhejiang University School of Medicine. She worked in clinical research at the University of Illinois in Chicago and University of Nevada in Las Vegas focused on culturally adapted health interventions for preventive medicine in the community setting. Received her Master's of Science in Global Health (concentration in Health Policy) from Georgetown University, during which she worked with the WHO in Sierra Leone and Save the Children in Washington, D.C. Unnati went on to complete her family medicine residency in Chicago, Illinois at Norwegian American Hospital. | | She is currently working as a primary care physician in the city of Chicago and completing her Master's of Business Administration at the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management and Fellowship in Leadership in Value-Based Care.

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  • My hands and feet are cold

  • Noisy breathing

  • Cold hands and/or feet

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Content updated on Jan 19, 2024

What is chronic heart failure?

Chronic heart failure occurs when the heart doesn't pump blood as well as it should. It's caused by conditions that overwork the heart, such as high blood pressure, heart valve disease, thyroid disease, kidney disease, diabetes, and heart defects from birth.

Symptoms of chronic heart failure

  • Difficulty breathing when lying down, which improves when sitting up

  • Facial swelling

  • Hands and feet are cold

  • Noisy breathing; e.g. wheezing, rattling

  • Unintentional weight gain of more than 2 kg/month

  • Waking up at night with difficulty in breathing

  • Cough

  • Blood in saliva

Questions your doctor may ask to check for chronic heart failure

  • Do you have trouble breathing when lying down that gets better when you sit up?

  • Is your face swollen?

  • Are your hands and feet cold?

  • Is your breathing noisy, like wheezing or rattling?

  • Have you gained more than 4.4 lbs / 2 kg in one month without trying?

Treatment for chronic heart failure

The treatment plan depends on the severity. Treatments can include diet modifications (eating less salt, limiting fluid intake), taking prescription medication, or surgery (for example, implantation of a pacemaker).

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References

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    https://journals.lww.com/pccmjournal/Abstract/2016/08001/Chronic_Heart_Failure.4.aspx

  • Brennan EJ. Chronic heart failure nursing: integrated multidisciplinary care. Br J Nurs. 2018 Jun 28;27(12):681-688. doi: 10.12968/bjon.2018.27.12.681. PMID: 29953279.

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  • Špinar J, Špinarová L, Vítovec J. Pathophysiology, causes and epidemiology of chronic heart failure. Vnitr Lek. 2018 Fall;64(9):834-838. English. PMID: 30441995.

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  • Skrzypek A, Mostowik M, Szeliga M, Wilczyńska-Golonka M, Dębicka-Dąbrowska D, Nessler J. Chronic heart failure in the elderly: still a current medical problem. Folia Med Cracov. 2018;58(4):47-56. PMID: 30745601.

    http://www.fmc.cm-uj.krakow.pl/pdf/58_4_47.pdf

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Unnati Patel, MD, MSc

Unnati Patel, MD, MSc (Primary Care Physician)

Dr Patel graduated from the Zhejiang University School of Medicine. She worked in clinical research at the University of Illinois in Chicago and University of Nevada in Las Vegas focused on culturally adapted health interventions for preventive medicine in the community setting. Received her Master's of Science in Global Health (concentration in Health Policy) from Georgetown University, during which she worked with the WHO in Sierra Leone and Save the Children in Washington, D.C. Unnati went on to complete her family medicine residency in Chicago, Illinois at Norwegian American Hospital. | | She is currently working as a primary care physician in the city of Chicago and completing her Master's of Business Administration at the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management and Fellowship in Leadership in Value-Based Care.

Tatsuya Shiraishi, MD

Tatsuya Shiraishi, MD (Cardiology)

Dr. Shiraishi graduated from the Kyoto University School of Medicine. He worked as a cardiologist at Edogawa Hospital, and after joining Ubie, he became the Director of East Nihonbashi Internal Medicine Clinic.

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