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Heart Failure Detmold, TX

Congestive heart failure is a serious problem among again people in the Detmold area. The signs and symptoms normally begin slowly and might initially be seen only during times of activity. However, as time passes, difficulty breathing along with other signs and symptoms could 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 Detmold, TX

This heart condition is a long-term and chronic condition, that usually will involve each side of the heart. However, the condition might impact 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 weak and can't pump the blood out of the heart successfully (systolic heart failure) or when your heart muscles are rigid and don't fill with blood very easily (diastolic heart failure).

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

Congestive Heart Failure Symptoms and Causes

Congestive heart failure symptoms tend to develop slowly, however, they are able to develop all of a sudden in some cases like following a heart attack or any other heart problem. Initially symptoms could be seen only during periods of activity. After some time, 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
  • An increase in weight
  • Appetite loss, heartburn
  • Irregular or rapid heart beat
  • 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 is present in an infant, a parent or guardian might notice the infant sweats in the course of feedings or with other activities.

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A lot of people may have no apparent signs or symptoms. In these people, symptoms may appear 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 result of a significant 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 Detmold, Texas

Diagnosis may begin with the observation of the previously mentioned signs and symptoms and should be confirmed 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 utilizing a radiopaque contrast medium), heart catheterization, nuclear heart scan, and also 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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