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Learning from errors
Dyspnoea in a patient with chronic heart failure: surprise, surpise!
  1. Oliver Adam1,
  2. Ingrid Kindermann1,
  3. Andreas Link1,
  4. Katharina Rentz2,
  5. Michael Böhm1
  1. 1
    Universitätsklinikum des Saarlandes, Klinik für Innere Medizin III, Kardiologie, Angiologie und Internistische Intensivmedizin, Kirrbergerstr., Homburg/Saar, D-66421, Germany
  2. 2
    Universitätsklinikum des Saarlandes, Klinik für Innere Medizin V, Pneumologie, Allergologie, Beatmungs- und Umweltmedizin, Kirrbergerstr., Homburg/Saar, Dp66421, Germany
  1. Oliver Adam, o.adam{at}


Dyspnoea is one of the typical symptoms of congestive heart failure. The cause of dyspnoea in this patient with chronic heart failure, 8 months after coronary artery bypass grafting, was a great surprise for the heart failure physician, showing that a more broad view of dyspnoea is warranted in this common symptom.

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