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Background Information (II)

  • The result of both systolic and diastolic heart failure is a backup of blood in the pulmonary system, leading to pulmonary edema

  • Failure of the right side of the heart is usually a consequence of the left side failing. When the left ventricle begins to fail, pressure backs up through the lungs and into the right side of the heart. As the right side loses its ability to pump against the increasing pressure gradient caused by the failing left ventricle, fluid backs up in the lower part of the body. Eventually fluid can build up in the abdominal cavity (Ascites)

  • HF is often the result of the effects of many other cardiovascular illnesses that affect pumping ability, such as: myocardial infarction, hypertension or congenital heart defects


In the following activity, match up the correct order of CHF events