Ventricular dyssynchrony is associated with a patient experiencing heart failure. There are no physical symptoms that patients with ventricular dyssynchrony experience. However, they may experience symptoms of heart failure, as the two are closely linked.
Symptoms of heart failure may include:
- A dry, hacking cough, especially when lying down
- Confusion, sleepiness and disorientation in older people
- Dizziness, fainting, fatigue or weakness
- Fluid buildup, especially in the legs, ankles and feet
- Increased urination at night
- Nausea, abdominal swelling, tenderness or pain (may result from the buildup of fluid in the body and the backup of blood in the liver)
- Weight gain (due to fluid buildup)
- Weight loss as nausea causes a loss of appetite and as the body fails to absorb food well
- Rapid breathing, bluish skin and feelings of restlessness, anxiety and suffocation
- Shortness of breath and lung congestion as the blood backs up in the lungs
- Tiring easily
- Wheezing and spasms of the airways similar to asthma
Causes and Risk Factors
Ventricular dyssynchrony is caused by erratic electrical impulses that cause the chambers of the heart to pump out of sync. This limits the chambers from filling with blood as they normally would and causes the heart to work inefficiently. The condition is associated with patients who have been diagnosed with heart failure and is often caused by left bundle branch block.