Types of Congestive Heart Failure

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Although we tend to throw around the term 'congestive heart failure' like there is such a beast, the truth is that there are scads of pathophysiologic differences between left and right CHF, low- and high-output CHF, and systolic and diastolic CHF. It is also essential to understand that the signs and symptoms that signal congestion are quite different from those that signal low cardiac output or perfusion.

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The population is trending older, and with that age comes a price. Hypertension, coronary artery disease, renal disease and other conditions pave a clear path for the onset of heart failure. Sadly, despite massive advances in diagnosis, therapy, and prognosis, the clinical pathway for most patients with heart failure continues to be one of 'inexorable decline'.


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Andrea Salzman
Andrea Salzman, MS, PT graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a Master’s degree in physical therapy in 1992. Over the last two decades, she has held numerous prominent leadership roles in the physical therapy field, with a heavy emphasis on academic writing and administrative functions. Between 1995 and 1998, Salzman served as the Editor-in-Chief of an American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) journal. In 2010, Salzman received one of the highest honors given to a physical therapist from the American Physical Therapy Association, the Judy Cirullo Leadership Award. Between 2012 and the present, Salzman has written 12 physical therapy courses for Care2Learn, Relias Learning and reviewed over 100 other course offerings. Currently, Salzman continues in her writing, leadership and administrative roles at Aquatic Therapy University and 10K Health.
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28 Dec 2020
Good basic overview
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11 Mar 2021
Easy to read and understand
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16 Dec 2020
This was a useful update on the different types of Heart Failure.
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