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Heart Failure Calvin, TX

Congestive heart failure is a serious problem among again people in the Calvin area. The symptoms normally start gradually and may in the beginning be seen only during times of exercise. However, with time, difficulty breathing and other symptoms might be recognized 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, that typically entails both sides of the heart. However, the problem may impact only the right side of the heart (right-sided heart failure) or perhaps the left side (left-sided heart failure). The problem develops when your heart muscles are weak and can't pump the blood out of the heart successfully (systolic heart failure) or whenever 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 incapable of adequately pumping oxygen-rich blood to the remaining portion of the body, particularly during times of physical activity or exertion.

Congestive Heart Failure Symptoms and Causes

Congestive heart failure symptoms often develop slowly, however, they can develop suddenly in some cases like following a heart attack or any other heart problem. Initially symptoms might be seen only during periods 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
  • Cough
  • Inflammation in hip and legs, feet and ankles (pooling of blood)
  • Inflammation of the abdomen
  • An increase in weight
  • Appetite loss, upset stomach
  • 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 exists in an infant, a parent or guardian may notice the infant sweats in the course of feedings or along with other activities.

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A lot of people might have no apparent symptoms. In these people, 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 serious complication of some chronic diseases like coronary artery disease, which is a narrowing of the blood vessels that supply one's heart. Other causes might include an infection that weakens the heart muscle.

Congestive Heart Failure Diagnosis and Treatment Calvin, TX

Diagnosis may begin with the observation of the previously mentioned symptoms and should be confirmed through an assessment by a physician. The evaluation might 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 blood or urine analysis.

If a person needs cardiologists to address a heart related issue they might 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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