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Heart Failure Bertram, TX

Congestive heart failure is a serious problem among again people in the Bertram area. The signs and symptoms usually begin slowly and gradually and might in the beginning be seen only during periods of activity. However, over time, difficulty breathing along with other signs and symptoms might be discovered even during periods of rest. Congestive heart failure is a condition in which the heart becomes an ineffective or weak pump.

Heart Conditions in Bertram, TX

This heart condition is a long-term and chronic condition, which usually consists of each side of the heart. However, the problem might affect only the right side of the heart (right-sided heart failure) or perhaps the left side (left-sided heart failure). The problem develops 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 rigid and do not fill with blood easily (diastolic heart failure).

In all forms 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 activity or exertion.

Congestive Heart Failure Symptoms and Causes

Congestive heart failure symptoms have a tendency to develop slowly and gradually, however, they are able to develop all of a sudden in some cases like following a heart attack or other heart problem. Initially symptoms might be seen only in times of activity. After some time, symptoms can show up even during periods of rest.

Common symptoms of congestive heart failure include:

  • Shortness of breath with exertion or when lying down
  • Cough
  • Swelling in legs, feet and ankles (pooling of blood)
  • Swelling of the abdomen
  • Excess weight
  • Appetite loss, heartburn
  • 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 might notice the infant sweats in the course of feedings or with other activities.

Happy Female Patient

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

Congestive heart failure is often the consequence of a significant 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 Bertram, TX

Diagnosis may begin with the observation of the previously mentioned signs and symptoms and should be confirmed through an assessment by a 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 utilizing 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 might 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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