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Heart Failure Cypress Mill, Texas

Congestive heart failure is a serious problem among again people in the Cypress Mill area. The signs and symptoms normally begin slowly and might initially be seen only during periods of activity. However, with time, shortness of breath as well as other signs and symptoms may be noticed even during periods of rest. Congestive heart failure is a condition in which the heart becomes an ineffective or vulnerable pump.

Heart Conditions in Cypress Mill, Texas

This heart condition is a long-term and chronic condition, which usually entails both sides of the heart. However, the condition may impact only the right side of the heart (right-sided heart failure) or perhaps the left side (left-sided heart failure). The condition develops when your heart muscles are weak and can't pump the blood out from the heart properly (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 properly 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 tend to develop gradually, however, they can develop abruptly in certain cases like following a heart attack or other heart problem. Initially symptoms may be seen only in 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 exercise or when lying down
  • Cough
  • Inflammation in hip and legs, feet and ankles (pooling of blood)
  • Inflammation of the abdomen
  • Extra weight
  • Loss of appetite, indigestion
  • Irregular or rapid pulse
  • Low blood pressure  

    Other symptoms might 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 may notice the infant sweats during 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 such as anemia, arrhythmias (abnormal heart beat or rhythm), hyperthyroidism, illness with high fever, and also 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 the heart. Other causes might include an infection that weakens the heart muscle.

Congestive Heart Failure Diagnosis and Treatment Cypress Mill, Texas

Diagnosis may begin with the observation of the previously mentioned signs and symptoms and should be verified through an assessment 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 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 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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