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Heart Failure Balcones, Texas

Congestive heart failure is a serious problem among again people in the Balcones area. The symptoms generally start slowly and might in the beginning be seen only during periods of activity. However, with time, difficulty breathing as well as other symptoms may be observed even during periods of rest. Congestive heart failure is a condition in which the heart becomes an ineffective or vulnerable pump.

Heart Conditions in Balcones, Texas

This heart condition is a long-term and chronic problem, that usually will involve each side of the heart. However, the condition may impact only the right side of the heart (right-sided heart failure) or even the left side (left-sided heart failure). The condition takes place when your heart muscles are fragile and cannot pump the blood out from the heart successfully (systolic heart failure) or whenever your heart muscles are stiff and don't fill with blood very easily (diastolic heart failure).

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

Congestive Heart Failure Symptoms and Causes

Congestive heart failure symptoms tend to develop slowly and gradually, however, they can develop all of a sudden in some cases such as following a heart attack or other heart problem. Initially symptoms may 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 exercise or when lying down
  • Cough
  • Swelling in legs, feet and ankles (pooling of blood)
  • Swelling of the abdomen
  • An increase in weight
  • Appetite loss, indigestion
  • Irregular or rapid heartbeat
  • Low blood pressure  

    Other symptoms may include:

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

If congestive heart failure exists in an infant, a parent or guardian may notice the infant sweats during feedings or with other activities.

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Many people might have no apparent symptoms. In these men and women, symptoms may only appear with an accompanying condition like anemia, arrhythmias (abnormal heart beat or rhythm), hyperthyroidism, infection with high fever, and also kidney disease.

Congestive heart failure is usually the result of a serious complication of some chronic diseases like coronary artery disease, which is a narrowing of the blood vessels that supply the heart. Other causes can include an infection that weakens the heart muscle.

Congestive Heart Failure Diagnosis and Treatment Balcones, TX

Diagnosis can start with the observation of the previously mentioned symptoms and should be verified through an evaluation by a doctor. The evaluation can include a physical examination, ECG, chest x-rays, Heart CT scan, MRI of the heart, echocardiogram, angiography (x-ray of the heart and blood vessels utilizing a radiopaque contrast medium), heart catheterization, nuclear heart scan, and also blood or urine analysis.

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

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