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Cardiac Failure: Report of a Case of Cardiac Decompensation of Fourteen Months Duration

Ann Intern Med. 1932;6(3):406-421. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-6-3-406
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It is most unusual for cardiac decompensation with severe edema to persist for as long as fourteen months. Cardiac failure and its associated phenomena have been repeatedly described and discussed, but the present instance permitted of long and careful study throughout the latter course of the decompensation, and revealed a number of most significant phenomena which warrant discussion.

REPORT OF CASE: The patient, a widow with one child, was first seen June 25, 1928, at which time she was 55 years old. The chief complaint was marked dyspnea, occurring particularly upon exertion, but noticeable even at rest or when talking


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