What Is Right-sided Heart Failure?
Right-sided heart failure is uncommon and is usually the result of heart failure on the left side of the heart.
The right side of the heart receives oxygen-depleted blood after its completed trip throughout the body. The blood enters the right atrium and is pumped into the right ventricle, which pumps the blood to the lungs to pick up more oxygen. The newly oxygen-rich blood is then sent out to the body again by the left side of the heart.
If the left side of your heart isn’t effectively moving blood along, it makes the right side work harder as blood and other fluids back up into your lungs and other organs.
At the Norton Heart & Vascular Institute Advanced Heart Failure & Recovery Program, our goal is to slow the progress of heart failure so you can resume living your life. Our specialists will work with you to tailor a treatment plan that’s customized to your condition and your goals.
More patients with right-sided heart failure and other heart conditions entrust their care to Norton Heart & Vascular Institute than any other provider in the Louisville and Southern Indiana area. Our board-certified and fellowship-trained cardiologists and other specialists in the Advanced Heart Failure and Recovery Program are at the leading edge of sophisticated treatments.
Right-sided Heart Failure Symptoms
The symptoms of right-sided heart failure are largely the same as other types of heart failure and include fatigue, shortness of breath and persistent swelling.
Right-sided heart failure involves an inability to move along blood returning to the heart, so symptoms of fluid retention may be more prominent. These include
- Enlarged liver
- Fluid buildup in the abdomen
- Loss of appetite with abdominal pain
Right-sided Heart Failure Treatment
Treatment of right-sided heart failure depends on whether it is isolated, caused by high blood pressure in the lungs’ blood vessels or left-sided heart failure.
Medication typically includes diuretics to reduce fluid buildup in the body. Other medications may be used to better regulate the heart.
In severe cases, treatments can include a mechanical assistance for the heart.
The Norton Heart & Vascular Institute Advanced Heart Failure and Recovery Program offers a new way to look at the management of heart failure and offers the latest in treatment options and monitoring technology. Our goal is to avoid putting you in the hospital. When you need care, we’ll try to get you home the same day.