Left-sided heart failure is a life-threatening condition in which the left side of the heart cannot pump enough blood to the body.
Congestive heart failure - left
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
In addition, the pressure in the veins of the lung increases, which may cause fluid accumulation in the lung. This results in
Common causes of left-sided failure include the following:
Chronicblockages of the heart arteries High blood pressure
- Excessive alcohol consumption
- Leaking or narrow heart valves
- Heart muscle infections
- Any other disease that damages the heart muscle
In children, common causes include heart birth defects such as abnormal heart valves, abnormal blood vessel connections, or viral infections.
Left-sided heart failure occurs in approximately 1 to 3 of every 100 people and becomes more prevalent with age.
Review Date: 07/17/2006
Reviewed By: Glenn Gandelman, MD, MPH, Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine, New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.