Acute Decompensated Heart Failure

Acute decompensated heart failure (ADHF) is a worsening of the symptoms, typically shortness of breath (dyspnea), edema and fatigue, in a patient with existing heart disease. ADHF is a common and potentially serious cause of acute respiratory distress.

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Causes - Acute Decompensated Heart Failure
... Chronic stable heart failure may easily decompensate ... commonly results from an intercurrent illness (such as pneumonia), myocardial infarction (a heart attack), arrhythmias, uncontrolled hypertension, or a patient's failure to maintain a fluid restriction, diet, or ... which place additional strain on the heart muscle ...

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