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Heart Failure Briarcliff, Texas

Congestive heart failure is a serious problem among again people in the Briarcliff area. The signs and symptoms normally start slowly and may in the beginning be seen only during periods of activity. However, over time, difficulty breathing and other signs and symptoms may be discovered even during periods of rest. Congestive heart failure is a condition in which the heart becomes an ineffective or fragile pump.

Heart Conditions in Briarcliff, Texas

This heart condition is a long-term and chronic condition, which typically involves both sides 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 condition takes place when your heart muscles are fragile and cannot pump the blood out from the heart effectively (systolic heart failure) or whenever your heart muscles are stiff and do not fill with blood very easily (diastolic heart failure).

In any form of heart failure, the heart becomes incapable of adequately pumping oxygen-rich blood to the remaining portion of the body, especially 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 suddenly in certain cases including following a heart attack or other heart problem. Initially symptoms may 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 exertion or when lying down
  • Cough
  • Swelling in hip and legs, feet and ankles (pooling of blood)
  • Swelling of the abdomen
  • Excess weight
  • Appetite loss, upset stomach
  • Irregular or rapid heartbeat
  • Low blood pressure  

    Other symptoms might 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 could have no obvious symptoms. In these individuals, symptoms may appear with an accompanying condition like anemia, arrhythmias (abnormal heart beat or rhythm), hyperthyroidism, illness with high fever, and kidney disease.

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

Congestive Heart Failure Diagnosis and Treatment Briarcliff, Texas

Diagnosis may begin with the observation of the aforementioned signs and symptoms and should be verified 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 needs 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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