Common disease process identified when the heart’s pumping mechanism decreases.
Types of Heart Failure
Left-Sided Heart Failure (AKA Congestive Heart Failure)
- Occurs when the heart cannot pump efficiently during contraction to eject enough blood into the circulation.
- Fluid backs up into the pulmonary system
- Occurs when the left ventricle does not relax efficiently when the heart fills.
- The left ventricle cannot fill with enough blood for efficient cardiac output
- Left sided heart failure annimation
Right-sided heart failure
- The pumping mechanism of the heart does not allow for the right ventricle to empty entirely causing a back-up of volume and pressure in the venous circulation.
High-output heart failure
- Occurs when heart has been pumping overtime. Cardiac output remains normal or above normal. High fever, anemia, infection and hyperthyroidism common causes. Not typical.