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Heart Failure Bastrop, TX

Congestive heart failure is a serious problem among again people in the Bastrop area. The signs and symptoms typically begin slowly and could initially be seen only during periods of activity. However, as time passes, shortness of breath and other signs and symptoms could be discovered even during periods of rest. Congestive heart failure is a condition in which the heart becomes an inefficient or fragile pump.

Heart Conditions in Bastrop, TX

This heart condition is a long-term and chronic problem, which typically entails both sides of the heart. However, the condition may have an effect on only the right side of the heart (right-sided heart failure) or perhaps the left side (left-sided heart failure). The condition occurs when your heart muscles are fragile and can't pump the blood out from the heart effectively (systolic heart failure) or whenever your heart muscles are stiff and don't fill up with blood very easily (diastolic heart failure).

In all forms of heart failure, the heart becomes incapable of properly pumping oxygen-rich blood to the rest of the body, particularly 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 are able to develop abruptly in certain cases such as following a heart attack or other heart problem. Initially symptoms could be seen only in times of activity. As time passes, 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
  • An increase in weight
  • Loss of appetite, heartburn
  • Irregular or rapid heart beat
  • Low blood pressure  

    Other symptoms might include:

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

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

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Many people may have no apparent signs and symptoms. In these men and women, 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 major complication of some chronic illnesses such as 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 Bastrop, Texas

Diagnosis may begin with the observation of the aforementioned signs and symptoms and should be confirmed through an assessment by a medical doctor. The evaluation can 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 an individual needs cardiologists to address a heart related problem they may 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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