Congestive Heart Failure

What Causes Congestive Heart Failure?

In order to deal properly with congestive heart failure we need to understand and — if possible — remove the underlying causes and risk factors.  We need to ask: "What else is going on inside the body that might allow congestive heart failure to develop?"

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Accurate diagnosis of the factors behind congestive heart failure consists of three steps:

Step 1: List the Possible Causative Factors

Identify all disease conditions, lifestyle choices and environmental risk factors that can lead to congestive heart failure.  Here are two possibilities:
  • Carcinoid Cancer
  • Hemochromatosis

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

Identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
moderate heart murmur
elevated ferritin levels
black/tarry stools
significant abdominal pain
elevated liver enzymes
high serum iron
severe right lumbar pain
low tryptophan levels
being very easily irritated
minimal body hair
very low TIBC
minor joint pain/swelling/stiffness
... and more than 10 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of congestive heart failure:
Cause Probability Status
Hemochromatosis 93% Confirm
Carcinoid Cancer 61% Possible
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

If you indicate pre-existing cardiovascular problems, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
Do you suffer from Congestive Heart Failure?
Possible responses:
→ No / don't know
→ Moderately
→ Severely
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate congestive heart failure, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
Carcinoid Cancer

Metastatic carcinoid disease can result in congestive heart failure by causing progressive fibrosis of the right-sided chambers and valves.

Hemochromatosis (Iron overload)

Congestive heart failure occurs in about 7% of symptomatic patients with hemochromatosis.  If untreated, patients may develop an acute onset of severe congestive heart failure with rapid progression to death.

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