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How does oxygen therapy for heart failure work?

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The basic idea is that you have a source of oxygen that you breathe in through either a:

  • Mask that goes over your mouth and nose
  • Nasal cannula -- two small tubes that sit just inside your nose

SOURCES:

Journal of the American College of Cardiology, Heart Failure : “How Does the Blood Circulatory System Work?” "Oxygen Therapy in Patients With Acute Heart Failure: Friend or Foe?”

American Heart Association: “What Is Heart Failure?”

National Institutes of Health: “How Is Heart Failure Treated?” “Oxygen Therapy.”

National Health Service: “Home Oxygen Treatment.”

American Thoracic Society: “Oxygen Therapy.”

American Lung Association: “Supplemental Oxygen.”

Reviewed by James Beckerman on March 21, 2019

SOURCES:

Journal of the American College of Cardiology, Heart Failure : “How Does the Blood Circulatory System Work?” "Oxygen Therapy in Patients With Acute Heart Failure: Friend or Foe?”

American Heart Association: “What Is Heart Failure?”

National Institutes of Health: “How Is Heart Failure Treated?” “Oxygen Therapy.”

National Health Service: “Home Oxygen Treatment.”

American Thoracic Society: “Oxygen Therapy.”

American Lung Association: “Supplemental Oxygen.”

Reviewed by James Beckerman on March 21, 2019

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