Heart Failure Bluff Springs
Congestive heart failure is a serious problem among again people in the Bluff Springs area. The signs and symptoms normally begin gradually and could initially be seen only during times of activity. However, over time, difficulty breathing as well as other signs and symptoms may be observed even during times of rest. Congestive heart failure is a condition in which the heart becomes an inefficient or vulnerable pump.
Heart Conditions in Bluff Springs
This heart condition is a long-term and chronic condition, that typically will involve both sides of the heart. However, the problem might affect only the right side of the heart (right-sided heart failure) or even the left side (left-sided heart failure). The problem takes place when your heart muscles are weak and cannot pump the blood out from the heart effectively (systolic heart failure) or when your heart muscles are stiff and don't fill with blood very easily (diastolic heart failure).
In any form of heart failure, the heart becomes incompetent at 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, however, they can develop suddenly in some cases such as following a heart attack or any other heart problem. Initially symptoms may be seen only during periods 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
- Extra weight
- Appetite loss, indigestion
- Irregular or rapid heart beat
- Low blood pressure
Other symptoms may include:
- Decreased in alertness or ability to concentrate
- 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 during feedings or with other activities.
Many people could have no apparent symptoms. In these people, symptoms may only appear with an accompanying condition such as anemia, arrhythmias (abnormal heart beat or rhythm), hyperthyroidism, infection with high fever, and also kidney disease.
Congestive heart failure is often the consequence of a serious 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 can include an infection that weakens the heart muscle.
Congestive Heart Failure Diagnosis and Treatment Bluff Springs, TX
Diagnosis may begin with the observation of the previously mentioned signs and symptoms and should be verified 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 using a radiopaque contrast medium), heart catheterization, nuclear heart scan, and also 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 superb option. Call us at 512-206-2988 today to make an appointment.