Heart Failure Beyersville, TX
Congestive heart failure is a serious problem among again people in the Beyersville area. The signs and symptoms usually begin slowly and may in the beginning be seen only during times of exercise. However, over time, difficulty breathing and other signs and symptoms may be noticed even during times of rest. Congestive heart failure is a condition in which the heart becomes an ineffective or weak pump.
Heart Conditions in Beyersville, TX
This heart condition is a long-term and chronic problem, which typically involves each side of the heart. However, the condition may affect only the right side of the heart (right-sided heart failure) or perhaps the left side (left-sided heart failure). The problem occurs when your heart muscles are weak and can't pump the blood out from the heart successfully (systolic heart failure) or when your heart muscles are stiff and don't fill up 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, particularly during times of physical exercise or exertion.
Congestive Heart Failure Symptoms and Causes
Congestive heart failure symptoms often develop slowly, however, they can develop abruptly in some cases like following a heart attack or any other heart problem. Initially symptoms may be seen only during periods of activity. As time passes, 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 hip and legs, feet and ankles (pooling of blood)
- Inflammation of the abdomen
- Putting on weight
- Loss of appetite, heartburn
- Irregular or rapid heart beat
- Low blood pressure
Other symptoms may include:
- Decreased in alertness or ability to focus
- Decreased urine output
- Nighttime urination
- Nausea and vomiting
If congestive heart failure is present in an infant, a parent or guardian may notice the infant sweats during feedings or with other activities.
Many people may have no obvious signs or symptoms. In these individuals, symptoms might only show up 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 often the result of a serious complication of some chronic diseases like 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 begin with the observation of the aforementioned signs and symptoms and should be verified through an evaluation by a physician. The evaluation might 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 a person is in need of 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.