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Heart Failure Calvin, Texas

Congestive heart failure is a serious problem among again people in the Calvin area. The symptoms normally begin slowly and gradually and may initially be seen only during times of exercise. However, with time, difficulty breathing as well as other symptoms could be found even during times of rest. Congestive heart failure is a condition in which the heart becomes an ineffective or fragile pump.

Heart Conditions in Calvin, Texas

This heart condition is a long-term and chronic condition, which typically involves both sides of the heart. However, the problem may have an effect on only the right side of the heart (right-sided heart failure) or even the left side (left-sided heart failure). The condition occurs when your heart muscles are fragile and cannot pump the blood out of the heart effectively (systolic heart failure) or when your heart muscles are rigid and don't fill with blood very easily (diastolic heart failure).

In all forms of heart failure, the heart becomes incapable of effectively 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, however, they are able to develop suddenly in certain cases like following a heart attack or any other heart problem. Initially symptoms could 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
  • Cough
  • Swelling in hip and legs, feet and ankles (pooling of blood)
  • Swelling of the abdomen
  • Weight gain
  • Appetite loss, heartburn
  • Irregular or rapid pulse
  • Low blood pressure  

    Other symptoms might include:

  • Decreased in alertness or ability to focus
  • Decreased urine output
  • 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 along with other activities.

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Many people could have no obvious 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, illness with high fever, and also kidney disease.

Congestive heart failure is often the result of a significant complication of some chronic diseases like 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 Calvin, Texas

Diagnosis can start with the observation of the previously mentioned symptoms and should be confirmed through an assessment 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 also blood or urine analysis.

If an individual is in need of cardiologists to address a heart related issue they might 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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