Framingham Criteria for Diagnosis of Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)

In this article, we will discuss the Framingham Criteria for Diagnosis of Congestive Heart Failure. So, let’s get started.

Framingham Criteria for Diagnosis of Congestive Heart Failure

Major Criteria include:

  • Paroxysmal nocturnal dyspnea
  • Distended neck veins
  • Rales
  • Cardiomegaly
  • Acute pulmonary edema
  • S3 gallop
  • Increased venous pressure (>16 cmH2O)
  • Positive hepatojugular reflux

Minor criteria include:

  • Peripheral edema
  • Nocturnal cough
  • Exertional dyspnea
  • Congestive hepatomegaly
  • Pleural effusion
  • Reduced vital capacity by one third
  • Tachycardia (HR>120/min)
  • Weight loss

For diagnosis: At least one major and two minor criteria are required.

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