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Heart Failure Driftwood

Congestive heart failure is a serious problem among again people in the Driftwood area. The symptoms usually begin gradually and could initially be seen only during times of activity. However, with time, difficulty breathing as well as other symptoms could be noticed even during times of rest. Congestive heart failure is a condition in which the heart becomes an ineffective or weak pump.

Heart Conditions in Driftwood

This heart condition is a long-term and chronic problem, which usually includes both sides of the heart. However, the problem may 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 fragile and cannot pump the blood out from the heart properly (systolic heart failure) or whenever your heart muscles are rigid and don't fill with blood very 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 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 times 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 exercise or when lying down
  • Cough
  • Swelling in hip and legs, feet and ankles (pooling of blood)
  • Swelling of the abdomen
  • Extra weight
  • 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 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 might have no obvious symptoms. In these men and women, symptoms may only show up with an accompanying condition like anemia, arrhythmias (abnormal heart beat or rhythm), hyperthyroidism, illness with high fever, and also kidney disease.

Congestive heart failure is usually the consequence 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 can include an infection that weakens the heart muscle.

Congestive Heart Failure Diagnosis and Treatment Driftwood, Texas

Diagnosis can start with the observation of the aforementioned symptoms and should be confirmed through an assessment by a medical doctor. The evaluation can 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 a person is in need of cardiologists to address a heart related issue 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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