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SOAP Note: Congestive heart failure


APA format

Intext citation

References at least 4 high-level scholarly reference per post within the last 5 years in APA format.

EACH differential diagnostic gets 1 reference

Plagiarism free.

Turnitin receipt.


Client’s Initials*:_______Age_____ Race__________Gender____________Date of Birth___________

Insurance _______________ Marital Status_____________

*It is recommended to include false initials and use Jan 1, XXXX (correct year) to protect client confidentiality. Include brief statement on whether the patient came to the clinic alone or accompanied, and if so by whom, and whether they are a reliable historian.


CC: “ I feel short of breath when I walk and even at rest”


In paragraph format, including at the minimum OLDCARTS. Please start with demographics: AA, a 29 y.o. Asian female presents to the clinic alone with complaint of _____________.

Onset, Location, Duration, Characteristics/context, Aggravating factors or Associated symptoms, Relieving Factors, Treatment, and Timing, Severity. Include any pertinent positives or negatives.

Past Medical History:

· Medical problem list

· Preventative care: (if applicable to the case – Paps, mammography, colonoscopy, dates of last visits, etc.)

· Surgeries:

· Hospitalizations:

· LMP, pregnancy status, menopause, etc. for women


Food, drug, environmental

Medications: include names, doses, frequency, and routes, and reason in parenthesis if off-label or secondary use

Family History:

Social History:

-Sexual history and contraception/protection (as applies to the case)

-Chemical history (tobacco/alcohol/drugs) (ask every pt about tobacco use)

Other: -Other social history as applicable to each case (diet/exercise, spirituality, school/work, living arrangements, developmental history, birth history, breastfeeding, ADLs, advanced directives, etc. Exercise your critical thinking here – what is pertinent and necessary for safe and holistic care)

ROS (write out by system): Comprehensive ( >10) ROS systems for wellness exams or complex cases only. Do not include all 14 systems for every SOAP unless needed – review and document the pertinent systems. Do not include diagnoses – those belong in PMH. The below categories are per CMS guidelines.









Integumentary & breast:







Vital Signs: HR BP Temp RR SpO2 Pain

Height Weight BMI (be sure to include percentiles for peds)

Labs, radiology or other pertinent studies: be sure to include the date of labs – might be POC tests from today

Physical Exam (write out by system):

Start with a general survey:


(you will often have more than one diagnosis/problem, but do the differential on the main problem)

Differentials (with a brief rationale and references for each one:

1. Congestive heart failure:

2. Renal failure (Chronic kidney diesase:

3. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: