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Heart Failure Delhi, TX

Congestive heart failure is a serious problem among again people in the Delhi area. The symptoms generally begin bit by bit and might in the beginning be seen only during periods of activity. However, over time, difficulty breathing and other symptoms could be observed even during periods of rest. Congestive heart failure is a condition in which the heart becomes an ineffective or vulnerable pump.

Heart Conditions in Delhi, TX

This heart condition is a long-term and chronic problem, that usually involves each side of the heart. However, the problem may have an effect on only the right side of the heart (right-sided heart failure) or the left side (left-sided heart failure). The problem takes place 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 easily (diastolic heart failure).

In any form of heart failure, the heart becomes incompetent at effectively pumping oxygen-rich blood to the remaining portion of the body, particularly during times of physical exercise or exertion.

Congestive Heart Failure Symptoms and Causes

Congestive heart failure symptoms tend to develop gradually, however, they are able to develop abruptly in some cases such as following a heart attack or any other heart problem. Initially symptoms could be seen only during periods of activity. After a while, 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
  • Inflammation in legs, feet and ankles (pooling of blood)
  • Inflammation of the abdomen
  • Weight gain
  • Loss of appetite, heartburn
  • Irregular or rapid heart beat
  • 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 in the course of feedings or along with other activities.

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Some individuals could have no apparent signs or symptoms. In these individuals, symptoms may show up 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 major complication of some chronic illnesses 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 Delhi, Texas

Diagnosis can start with the observation of the aforementioned symptoms and should be confirmed through an evaluation by a medical 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 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 great option. Call us at 512-206-2988  today to make an appointment.

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