It is important for the heart to be healthy for the entire body to function properly. Therefore, special care should be taken of the heart. A little carelessness can take a toll on the heart, which can even lead to heart failure. This happens due to weakness in the heart muscles. Right side heart failure is also a similar problem. This problem can be due to drinking alcohol, obesity or lung related problems. At the same time, its symptoms are chest pain, weight gain and dizziness etc. In this article you will know in detail what are the symptoms, causes and treatment of right side heart failure -

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  1. What Is Right Side Heart Failure?
  2. Symptoms Of Right Side Heart Failure
  3. Causes Of Right Side Heart Failure
  4. Treatment Of Right Side Heart Failure
  5. Summary
Doctors for Balancing Act: Managing Right-Sided Heart Failure for Better Health

Heart failure occurs due to weakening of the heart muscles and inability of the heart to pump blood properly. However, even in this condition the heart pumps blood, but much less than before. The right side of the heart pumps blood from the body back to the lungs, where it receives oxygen. At the same time, when the right side of the heart becomes weak and is unable to pump blood, then this condition is called right side heart failure.

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Symptoms of right side heart failure can be of the following types -

  • Difficulty Breathing, Especially When The Patient Is Lying Straight
  • Having A Cough
  • Dizziness
  • Lack Of Concentration
  • Feeling Tired Or Low Energy
  • Sudden Weight Gain
  • Loss Of Appetite
  • Upset Stomach
  • Abdominal Distension
  • Chest Pain

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After the symptoms, now let us know what can be the causes of right side heart failure -

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If the symptoms mentioned here are seen in a person, then a doctor should be contacted without any delay. Depending on the condition of the patient, the doctor can treat the patient in the following ways -


Only after checking the condition of the patient, the doctor tells what medicine should be given to him -

Diuretic - Medicines containing diuretics help in removing excess fluid and sodium from the body.
Vasodilator - These medicines help in relaxing the blood vessels, this prevents the heart from doing heavy work and the heart does not become weak through chemicals. The two main vasodilators include angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs) and angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors.
Beta Blockers – Medicines containing beta blockers help by normalizing the heart rate. This puts less load on the heart muscles.
Digoxin - Digoxin is a medicine, which helps in strengthening the pumping capacity of the heart. It is generally used in severe cases of heart failure.
Pulmonary vasodilators – This medicine is given in cases of pulmonary hypertension with right side heart failure. This medicine relaxes the blood vessels going from the heart to the lungs.

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Lifestyle Changes

Right side heart failure can be avoided by making the following changes in your daily life -

  • Abstinence from smoking
  • Maintain weight balance
  • A well-balanced diet that recommends reducing sodium intake
  • Reducing fluid intake
  • Exercising as per doctor's advice

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When there is no significant difference even after medicines and changes in lifestyle and the condition is serious, then doctors can resort to implanted devices. In this, equipment is installed to pump the heart properly. This device can help the heart pump better. These are as follows -

  • Implantable cardioverter-defibrillator.
  • Cardiac resynchronization therapy, a type of pacemaker.
  • Left Ventricular Assist Device.

Apart from this, in some serious cases, heart surgery or heart transplant can also be resorted to.

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Heart is a delicate organ present in the body. Any malfunction in this can cause many problems. Therefore, there is a need to take special care of the heart. A little carelessness can cause right side heart failure. Its main symptoms are fatigue, loss of appetite and weight gain. Therefore, if any such symptoms are seen, immediately contact the doctor and get proper treatment. Apart from this, it is also important to do regular yoga and exercise.

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