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Is this heart failure?
  1. Sittinun Thangjui1,
  2. Omid Shah1,
  3. Jerel Zoltick2
  1. 1 Internal Medicine Residency Program, Bassett Healthcare, Cooperstown, New York, USA
  2. 2 Cardiovascular Services, Bassett Healthcare, Cooperstown, New York, USA
  1. Correspondence to Sittinun Thangjui, Internal Medicine Residency Program, Bassett Healthcare, Cooperstown 13326, New York, USA; s.thangjui{at}

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Clinical Introduction

A 60-year-old man with a medical history of type 2 diabetes mellitus, hypertension and a heavy smoker (30-pack year) was seen in the outpatient department for dyspnoea on exertion, bilateral lower extremities oedema, jugular venous distension. He was initially treated with furosemide orally for suspected heart failure and scheduled for further workup. His shortness of breath symptoms and leg swelling worsened during the interval period and went to the ED. He was mildly hypotensive on the examination. Laboratory tests were unremarkable except for B-type natriuretic peptide of 107 pg/mL (reference 6–100 pg/mL). His initial ECG and CXR are shown in figure 1.

Figure 1

Initial ECG (A) and CXR (B).


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