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Heart Failure and Paget's Disease

Heart failure develops when the heart muscle is not able to pump enough blood to meet the body's need. "Failure" does not mean that the heart is not pumping. It means that it is not pumping as well as it should.

Bones affected by Paget's disease contain extra blood vessels. When Paget's disease affects a large amount of bone tissue, the heart pumps faster and harder in order to supply blood to this extra bone, as well as to all tissues of the body. If the heart cannot pump enough blood, heart failure develops.

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Heart failure is a condition in which the heart can't pump blood effectively to the lungs or the rest of the body.  This can be because the person has developed a weakened heart muscle or because the heart muscle has thickened, making it difficult to fill the heart and backing up blood into the lungs. With heart failure, the weakened heart pumps less blood than usual, causing the kidneys and adrenal glands to produce chemicals that help the body to hold onto salt and water.  In addition, the blood...

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This is a very rare complication of Paget's disease.

By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Jennifer Hone, MD, MD - Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
Last Revised September 1, 2011

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Last Updated: September 01, 2011
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