The symptoms of heart failure can be related to the pooling of fluid in the body or can be secondary to decreased blood flow to the body. Some people with heart failure don't experience symptoms, but here are some of the more common signs:
Shortness of breath with exercise or difficulty breathing at rest or when lying down
Swollen legs, ankles, or abdomen
Dry, hacking cough, or wheezing
Other symptoms may include:
Fatigue, palpitations, or pain during normal activities
A thorough examination of the abdomen. Enlarged
pulsation of the aorta can sometimes be felt, suggesting that an abdominal
aortic aneurysm may be present. The abdominal aortic aneurysm must be about 4
cm in diameter before it can be felt.
If your doctor finds a pulsating mass in the abdomen, he or she will
suggest further testing. If you are overweight and your doctor feels strongly
that you may have an abdominal aortic aneurysm, he or she may also suggest
further testing. This is because an abdominal aortic aneurysm is generally more
difficult to find in those who are overweight.
In the case of a thoracic aortic aneurysm, your doctor will do a physical exam to check for blood flow problems. Your doctor will listen for abnormal heart or blood flow sounds.
Primary Medical Reviewer
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
David A. Szalay, MD - Vascular Surgery
April 24, 2010
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
April 24, 2010
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