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Heart Failure Briarcliff, TX

Congestive heart failure is a serious problem among again people in the Briarcliff area. The symptoms usually start gradually and may in the beginning be seen only during periods of activity. However, as time passes, difficulty breathing along with other symptoms could be found even during periods of rest. Congestive heart failure is a condition in which the heart becomes an ineffective or weak pump.

Heart Conditions in Briarcliff, TX

This heart condition is a long-term and chronic problem, that usually will involve both sides of the heart. However, the condition may impact only the right side of the heart (right-sided heart failure) or the left side (left-sided heart failure). The problem develops when your heart muscles are fragile and can't pump the blood out of the heart properly (systolic heart failure) or whenever your heart muscles are stiff and do not fill up with blood very 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 tend to develop slowly, however, they are able to develop all of a sudden in certain cases including following a heart attack or any other heart problem. Initially symptoms could be seen only in times of activity. After a while, symptoms can show up even during periods of rest.

Common symptoms of congestive heart failure include:

  • Shortness of breath with exercise or when lying down
  • Coughing
  • Swelling in hip and legs, feet and ankles (pooling of blood)
  • Swelling of the abdomen
  • An increase in weight
  • Loss of appetite, indigestion
  • 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 is present in an infant, a parent or guardian may notice the infant sweats in the course of feedings or with other activities.

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Some individuals may have no apparent signs and symptoms. In these men and women, symptoms might only show up with an accompanying condition such as anemia, arrhythmias (abnormal heart beat or rhythm), hyperthyroidism, infection with high fever, and kidney disease.

Congestive heart failure is usually the consequence of a major complication of some chronic diseases such as coronary artery disease, which is a narrowing of the blood vessels that supply the heart. Other causes may include an infection that weakens the heart muscle.

Congestive Heart Failure Diagnosis and Treatment Briarcliff, TX

Diagnosis can start with the observation of the aforementioned symptoms and should be confirmed through an evaluation by a medical doctor. The evaluation may 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 an individual is in need of cardiologists to address a heart related issue 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.

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