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Heart Failure Dripping Springs, TX

Congestive heart failure is a serious problem among again people in the Dripping Springs area. The signs and symptoms generally begin gradually and might initially be seen only during times of activity. However, as time passes, difficulty breathing along with other signs and symptoms may be discovered even during times of rest. Congestive heart failure is a condition in which the heart becomes an inefficient or vulnerable pump.

Heart Conditions in Dripping Springs, TX

This heart condition is a long-term and chronic condition, that typically entails both sides of the heart. However, the problem might impact only the right side of the heart (right-sided heart failure) or perhaps the left side (left-sided heart failure). The problem takes place when your heart muscles are weak and cannot pump the blood out from the heart effectively (systolic heart failure) or when your heart muscles are rigid and don't fill up 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 gradually, however, they are able to develop all of a sudden in some cases including following a heart attack or other heart problem. Initially symptoms may 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 exertion or when lying down
  • Coughing
  • Swelling in hip and legs, feet and ankles (pooling of blood)
  • Swelling of the abdomen
  • Weight gain
  • Appetite loss, indigestion
  • Irregular or rapid pulse
  • Low blood pressure  

    Other symptoms may include:

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

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

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

Congestive heart failure is often the result 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 can include an infection that weakens the heart muscle.

Congestive Heart Failure Diagnosis and Treatment Dripping Springs, TX

Diagnosis can start with the observation of the aforementioned signs and symptoms and should be confirmed through an evaluation by a physician. 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 utilizing a radiopaque contrast medium), heart catheterization, nuclear heart scan, and blood or urine analysis.

If an individual 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 great option. Call us at 512-206-2988  today to make an appointment.

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