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What are the alternate names for heart failure?

Alternate names for heart failure are as follows:

  • Dropsy
  • Left-side, or systolic, heart failure. This is when the heart can't pump enough oxygen-rich blood to the body
  • Right-side, or diastolic, heart failure. This is when the heart can't fill with enough blood

Some people have only right-side heart failure. But all people who have left-side heart failure also have right-side heart failure. Treatments for right-side heart failure alone differ from treatments for both right-side and left-side heart failure. Your doctor will plan your treatment based on your type of heart failure and your unique needs.

This answer from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute has been reviewed and/or edited by Dr. William D. Knopf.

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