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What are symptoms of right-side heart failure?

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Your feet, legs, and ankles will likely to swell because blood is backing up in your veins. This symptom is called edema.

As your heart failure gets worse, you may also see some of these symptoms:

  • If it backs up into your stomach or liver, you may notice that your abdomen is distended, too.
  • You might find that you have to go to the bathroom more, especially at night. This is caused by fluid buildup, too.
  • It’s hard to breathe.
  • Your neck veins are swollen.
  • Your pulse is fast or feels “off.”
  • Your chest hurts.
  • You’re gaining weight from excess fluid.
  • You don’t feel like eating.
  • Your skin is cold and sweaty.
  • You’re very tired.
  • You’re confused and forget things.

From: What Is Right-side Heart Failure? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES

American Heart Association: “What is Heart Failure?”

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “What is Heart Failure?” “What Are Congenital Heart Defects?”

University of California Medical Center: “Heart Failure Signs and Symptoms.”

Mayo Clinic: “Heart Failure.”

MedlinePlus: “Cor pulmonale.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on August 27, 2016

SOURCES

American Heart Association: “What is Heart Failure?”

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “What is Heart Failure?” “What Are Congenital Heart Defects?”

University of California Medical Center: “Heart Failure Signs and Symptoms.”

Mayo Clinic: “Heart Failure.”

MedlinePlus: “Cor pulmonale.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on August 27, 2016

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