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Heart Failure Driftwood, TX

Congestive heart failure is a serious problem among again people in the Driftwood area. The signs and symptoms normally begin gradually and may initially be seen only during periods of exercise. However, over time, difficulty breathing and other signs and symptoms could be recognized even during periods of rest. Congestive heart failure is a condition in which the heart becomes an ineffective or vulnerable pump.

Heart Conditions in Driftwood, TX

This heart condition is a long-term and chronic problem, which usually includes 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 condition takes place 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 rigid and do not fill up with blood easily (diastolic heart failure).

In any form of heart failure, the heart becomes incapable of adequately 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 often develop slowly and gradually, however, they are able to develop abruptly in certain cases such as following a heart attack or any other heart problem. Initially symptoms could be seen only in times of activity. After a while, 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
  • Cough
  • Inflammation in hip and legs, feet and ankles (pooling of blood)
  • Inflammation of the abdomen
  • Extra weight
  • Appetite loss, indigestion
  • Irregular or rapid pulse
  • Low blood pressure  

    Other symptoms may 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 may notice the infant sweats during feedings or with other activities.

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A lot of people could have no obvious signs and symptoms. In these people, symptoms may show up 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 major complication of some chronic diseases 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 Driftwood, Texas

Diagnosis may start with the observation of the aforementioned signs and symptoms and should be confirmed through an evaluation by a 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 is in need of cardiologists to address a heart related problem they might 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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