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Heart Failure Dessau, Texas

Congestive heart failure is a serious problem among again people in the Dessau area. The signs and symptoms usually start slowly and gradually and may initially be seen only during times of activity. However, as time passes, difficulty breathing along with other signs and symptoms might be observed even during times of rest. Congestive heart failure is a condition in which the heart becomes an ineffective or fragile pump.

Heart Conditions in Dessau, Texas

This heart condition is a long-term and chronic condition, which usually includes both sides of the heart. However, the problem may affect only the right side of the heart (right-sided heart failure) or even the left side (left-sided heart failure). The condition develops when your heart muscles are fragile and can't pump the blood out from the heart successfully (systolic heart failure) or when your heart muscles are stiff and do not fill up with blood easily (diastolic heart failure).

In all forms of heart failure, the heart becomes incapable of effectively pumping oxygen-rich blood to the rest of the body, particularly during times of physical exercise or exertion.

Congestive Heart Failure Symptoms and Causes

Congestive heart failure symptoms often develop gradually, however, they are able to develop suddenly in some cases including following a heart attack or other heart problem. Initially symptoms might be seen only during periods 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
  • Coughing
  • Inflammation in legs, feet and ankles (pooling of blood)
  • Inflammation of the abdomen
  • Putting on weight
  • Loss of appetite, upset stomach
  • Irregular or rapid heartbeat
  • Low blood pressure  

    Other symptoms may include:

  • Decreased in alertness or ability to focus
  • Decreased urine output
  • Nighttime urination
  • Nausea and vomiting

If congestive heart failure is present in an infant, a parent or guardian may notice the infant sweats during feedings or along with other activities.

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Some individuals might have no apparent signs and symptoms. In these people, symptoms might only show up with an accompanying condition like anemia, arrhythmias (abnormal heart beat or rhythm), hyperthyroidism, infection with high fever, and also kidney disease.

Congestive heart failure is usually the consequence of a serious complication of some chronic illnesses like coronary artery disease, which is a narrowing of the blood vessels that supply one's heart. Other causes may include an infection that weakens the heart muscle.

Congestive Heart Failure Diagnosis and Treatment Dessau, Texas

Diagnosis can start with the observation of the aforementioned signs and symptoms and should be verified through an assessment by a medical doctor. The evaluation may 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 also blood or urine analysis.

If an individual needs cardiologists to address a heart related problem they may 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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