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:
joint pain/swelling/stiffness
very black/tarry stools
being easily irritated
facial flushing
low systolic blood pressure
darker/redder skin color
fatigue after slight exertion
very low sperm count
trace amounts of occult blood
dizziness when standing up
severe abdominal pain
... 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 97% Confirm
Carcinoid Cancer 55% 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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