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Heart Failure Delhi, Texas

Congestive heart failure is a serious problem among again people in the Delhi area. The symptoms usually begin gradually and could in the beginning be seen only during periods of exercise. However, over time, shortness of breath and other symptoms might be observed even during periods of rest. Congestive heart failure is a condition in which the heart becomes an inefficient or fragile pump.

Heart Conditions in Delhi, Texas

This heart condition is a long-term and chronic condition, that typically will involve each side of the heart. However, the condition may affect 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 weak and can't pump the blood out of the heart effectively (systolic heart failure) or when your heart muscles are stiff and don't fill 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, particularly during times of physical activity or exertion.

Congestive Heart Failure Symptoms and Causes

Congestive heart failure symptoms have a tendency to develop slowly and gradually, however, they are able to develop abruptly in some cases including following a heart attack or other heart problem. Initially symptoms might be seen only during times of activity. As time passes, symptoms can appear even during periods of rest.

Common symptoms of congestive heart failure include:

  • Shortness of breath with exertion or when lying down
  • Cough
  • Inflammation in hip and legs, feet and ankles (pooling of blood)
  • Inflammation of the abdomen
  • Excess weight
  • Loss of appetite, indigestion
  • Irregular or rapid pulse
  • Low blood pressure  

    Other symptoms might include:

  • Decreased in alertness or ability to focus
  • Decreased urine production
  • 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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Many people may have no obvious symptoms. In these people, symptoms may only 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 often the consequence of a major complication of some chronic illnesses such as 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 Delhi, Texas

Diagnosis may begin with the observation of the aforementioned symptoms and should be verified through an evaluation by a medical doctor. The evaluation may include a physical examination, 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 also blood or urine analysis.

If an individual 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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