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Heart Failure Bluff Springs, Texas

Congestive heart failure is a serious problem among again people in the Bluff Springs area. The signs and symptoms normally start bit by bit and may in the beginning be seen only during periods of exercise. However, with time, difficulty breathing 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 ineffective or vulnerable pump.

Heart Conditions in Bluff Springs, Texas

This heart condition is a long-term and chronic problem, which usually includes each side of the heart. However, the condition might affect only the right side of the heart (right-sided heart failure) or the left side (left-sided heart failure). The problem takes place when your heart muscles are fragile and can't pump the blood out of the heart successfully (systolic heart failure) or when your heart muscles are rigid and don't fill up with blood easily (diastolic heart failure).

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

Congestive Heart Failure Symptoms and Causes

Congestive heart failure symptoms tend to develop slowly, however, they can develop all of a sudden in some cases like following a heart attack or other heart problem. Initially symptoms could be seen only during 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 exercise or when lying down
  • Cough
  • Swelling in legs, feet and ankles (pooling of blood)
  • Swelling of the abdomen
  • Excess weight
  • Appetite loss, upset stomach
  • 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 exists in an infant, a parent or guardian might notice the infant sweats during feedings or with other activities.

Happy Female Patient

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

Congestive heart failure is often the consequence of a serious complication of some chronic illnesses like coronary artery disease, which is a narrowing of the blood vessels that supply one's heart. Other causes can include an infection that weakens the heart muscle.

Congestive Heart Failure Diagnosis and Treatment Bluff Springs, Texas

Diagnosis may begin with the observation of the aforementioned signs and 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 blood or urine analysis.

If a person is in need of cardiologists to address a heart related problem 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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