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Heart Failure Austin

Congestive heart failure is a serious problem among again people in the Austin area. The signs and symptoms generally begin gradually and may initially be seen only during periods of exercise. However, as time passes, shortness of breath and other signs and symptoms could be found even during periods of rest. Congestive heart failure is a condition in which the heart becomes an ineffective or vulnerable pump.

Heart Conditions in Austin

This heart condition is a long-term and chronic condition, that usually involves each side of the heart. However, the condition might impact only the right side of the heart (right-sided heart failure) or perhaps the left side (left-sided heart failure). The condition takes place when your heart muscles are weak and can't pump the blood out from the heart successfully (systolic heart failure) or whenever your heart muscles are stiff and do not fill with blood easily (diastolic heart failure).

In any form of heart failure, the heart becomes incapable of properly pumping oxygen-rich blood to the remaining portion of the body, especially during times of physical exercise or exertion.

Congestive Heart Failure Symptoms and Causes

Congestive heart failure symptoms often develop slowly and gradually, however, they are able to develop all of a sudden in certain cases like following a heart attack or any other heart problem. Initially symptoms could be seen only during periods of activity. After some time, symptoms can appear even during periods of rest.

Common symptoms of congestive heart failure include:

  • Shortness of breath with exertion or when lying down
  • Coughing
  • Inflammation in hip and legs, feet and ankles (pooling of blood)
  • Inflammation of the abdomen
  • Putting on weight
  • Loss of appetite, upset stomach
  • Irregular or rapid heart beat
  • Low blood pressure  

    Other symptoms might include:

  • Decreased in alertness or ability to concentrate
  • Decreased urine production
  • Nighttime urination
  • Nausea and vomiting

If congestive heart failure exists in an infant, a parent or guardian might notice the infant sweats in the course of feedings or along with other activities.

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Many people might have no obvious symptoms. In these people, symptoms may only show up with an accompanying condition such as anemia, arrhythmias (abnormal heart beat or rhythm), hyperthyroidism, infection with high fever, and kidney disease.

Congestive heart failure is often the result of a significant complication of some chronic diseases such as coronary artery disease, which is a narrowing of the blood vessels that supply one's heart. Other causes may include an infection that weakens the heart muscle.

Congestive Heart Failure Diagnosis and Treatment Austin, Texas

Diagnosis can start with the observation of the aforementioned signs and symptoms and should be confirmed through an evaluation by a physician. The evaluation may include a physical exam, ECG, chest x-rays, Heart CT scan, MRI of the heart, echocardiogram, angiography (x-ray of the heart and blood vessels using a radiopaque contrast medium), heart catheterization, nuclear heart scan, and blood or urine analysis.

If a person needs cardiologists to address a heart related issue they may have, a reputable medical center, such as Austin Cardiac Clinic is a superb option. Call us at 512-206-2988  today to make an appointment.

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