Case Study: Congestive Heart Failure

Essay by sfgbbHigh School, 11th gradeA, November 2006

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Diagnosis: The patient seems to be suffering from Dilated Congestive Cardiomyopathy (DCM), or in simple terms, congestive heart failure; specifically ventricular failure.

Justification for Diagnosis: The patient said he had been suffering of acute dyspnea which would be caused by the lungs filling with fluid since the heart isn't able to pump properly. Due to the patients hip replacement it is possible for him to have an infective agent even though he was said to not have one. Sometimes the disorder will start as acute myocarditis associated with fever if an infection is present. The patient also complained of a cough which is common in heart failure seeing as it is difficult to breathe with fluid in their lungs. He was said to have a fever which too is prominent in heart failure patients. His fever was 99.5ºF which is slight and in heart failure patients a slight fever is recognizable.

The patient had trouble producing stool too and constipation is prevalent in DCM. The patient suffered of severe shortness of breath and dizziness after he produced a firm stool because of the amount of energy exerted to produce it and his lungs were unable to take in enough oxygen due to the possible fluid. The patient has shallow, rapid respirations because of the previously mentioned reason; the fluid filling his lungs. The patients respiration rate was 28, while normal is 12-18. The patients BP was low (90/75) and heart rate was high (115) which is very common in DCM patients seeing as CO is high, but not much blood is being pumped out of the heart because the heart is ineffective and failing. The patient's veins were distended 12cm above the right atrium with a prominent "a" wave. DCM patients have prominent vein distension because of...