Heart Failure Cypress Mill, Texas
Congestive heart failure is a serious problem among again people in the Cypress Mill area. The symptoms usually start slowly and gradually and may initially be seen only during times of activity. However, over time, shortness of breath as well as other symptoms may be noticed even during times of rest. Congestive heart failure is a condition in which the heart becomes an inefficient or weak pump.
Heart Conditions in Cypress Mill, Texas
This heart condition is a long-term and chronic problem, that typically involves each side of the heart. However, the problem might affect only the right side of the heart (right-sided heart failure) or perhaps the left side (left-sided heart failure). The problem takes place 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 do not fill up with blood easily (diastolic heart failure).
In all forms of heart failure, the heart becomes incompetent at adequately pumping oxygen-rich blood to the remaining portion of the body, especially during times of physical activity or exertion.
Congestive Heart Failure Symptoms and Causes
Congestive heart failure symptoms have a tendency to develop slowly, however, they can develop suddenly in certain cases like following a heart attack or any other heart problem. Initially symptoms may be seen only during times of activity. As time passes, 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
- Inflammation in hip and legs, feet and ankles (pooling of blood)
- Inflammation of the abdomen
- Extra weight
- Appetite loss, upset stomach
- Irregular or rapid pulse
- Low blood pressure
Other symptoms may include:
- Decreased in alertness or ability to concentrate
- Decreased urine output
- Nighttime urination
- Nausea and vomiting
If congestive heart failure exists in an infant, a parent or guardian might notice the infant sweats during feedings or along with other activities.
Many people could have no obvious symptoms. In these people, symptoms may 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 result of a serious complication of some chronic diseases such as 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 Cypress Mill, Texas
Diagnosis can start with the observation of the aforementioned symptoms and should be verified through an evaluation by a doctor. 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 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.