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Heart Failure Calvin, TX

Congestive heart failure is a serious problem among again people in the Calvin area. The signs and symptoms normally begin slowly and gradually and might in the beginning be seen only during times of exercise. However, with time, difficulty breathing and 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 weak pump.

Heart Conditions in Calvin, TX

This heart condition is a long-term and chronic problem, which usually entails 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 condition takes place when your heart muscles are weak and cannot pump the blood out from the heart properly (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 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 often develop slowly and gradually, however, they are able to develop all of a sudden in certain 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 show up even during periods of rest.

Common symptoms of congestive heart failure include:

  • Shortness of breath with exercise or when lying down
  • Coughing
  • Inflammation in legs, feet and ankles (pooling of blood)
  • Inflammation of the abdomen
  • Extra weight
  • Loss of appetite, indigestion
  • Irregular or rapid heartbeat
  • Low blood pressure  

    Other symptoms might include:

  • Decreased in alertness or ability to concentrate
  • 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 during feedings or with other activities.

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Many people might have no apparent signs or symptoms. In these people, 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 usually the consequence of a significant complication of some chronic illnesses like coronary artery disease, which is a narrowing of the blood vessels that supply the heart. Other causes might include an infection that weakens the heart muscle.

Congestive Heart Failure Diagnosis and Treatment Calvin, Texas

Diagnosis may start with the observation of the previously mentioned 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 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 superb option. Call us at 512-206-2988  today to make an appointment.

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