Heart Failure Beyersville
Congestive heart failure is a serious problem among again people in the Beyersville area. The signs and symptoms usually begin slowly and gradually and may in the beginning be seen only during times of exercise. However, with time, shortness of breath along with other signs and symptoms may be found even during times of rest. Congestive heart failure is a condition in which the heart becomes an inefficient or fragile pump.
Heart Conditions in Beyersville
This heart condition is a long-term and chronic condition, which typically involves each side of the heart. However, the problem may impact only the right side of the heart (right-sided heart failure) or the left side (left-sided heart failure). The problem 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 rigid and do not fill with blood very 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, particularly during times of physical exercise or exertion.
Congestive Heart Failure Symptoms and Causes
Congestive heart failure symptoms tend to develop gradually, however, they can develop all of a sudden in certain cases including following a heart attack or other heart problem. Initially symptoms may be seen only during times 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
- Inflammation in legs, feet and ankles (pooling of blood)
- Inflammation of the abdomen
- An increase in weight
- Appetite loss, heartburn
- Irregular or rapid pulse
- Low blood pressure
Other symptoms may 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 with other activities.
Many people might have no apparent signs or symptoms. In these people, symptoms may only appear with an accompanying condition such as 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 illnesses such as coronary artery disease, which is a narrowing of the blood vessels that supply one's heart. Other causes might include an infection that weakens the heart muscle.
Congestive Heart Failure Diagnosis and Treatment Beyersville, TX
Diagnosis may start with the observation of the aforementioned signs and symptoms and should be confirmed through an assessment by a doctor. The evaluation might 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 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.