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Gender Specifics

While men and women may experience the same symptoms, they may not experience them in the same way. For example, men are more negatively affected by symptoms that limit their functional capacity to perform physical activities, while women are more negatively affected by symptoms which prohibit them from supporting their family and friends. [1][2]

The Body’s Response to Heart Failure


1.Our body is unable to combat the loss of pumping power of the heart
True     False
2.The heart enlarges its chambers and develops more muscle in an attempt to combat the effects of heart failure
True     False
3.Heart failure patients often have a high heart rate
True     False
4.The body diverts blood away from less important areas of the body in order to maintain an adequate blood supply to other, more important areas.
True     False
5.There is a downside to our body's compensation mechanisms.
True     False


Symptoms Quiz





1. Ekman I, Ehrenberg A. Fatigue in chronic heart failure, does gender make a difference? Eur J Cardiovasc Nurs 2003;1:77– 82.

2. Stromberg A, Martensson J. Gender differences in patients with heart failure. Eur J Cardiovasc Nurs 2003;2:7– 18.

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