Left-sided heart failure occurs when the left ventricle is not pumping blood out of the lungs sufficiently. Because of this blood backs up into the lungs, resulting in pulmonary congestion –> patient develops crackles and dyspnea. Nursing Care: Pt’s.
This picture was helpful in remembering the signs and symptoms of right sided heart failure. It helps me distinguish it from left sided heart failure so I did not get confused between the two types of heart failures.