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Heart Failure Elgin

Congestive heart failure is a serious problem among again people in the Elgin area. The symptoms usually start bit by bit and could initially be seen only during periods of exercise. However, with time, shortness of breath along with other symptoms could be noticed even during periods of rest. Congestive heart failure is a condition in which the heart becomes an inefficient or vulnerable pump.

Heart Conditions in Elgin

This heart condition is a long-term and chronic condition, that usually includes 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 fragile and cannot pump the blood out from the heart properly (systolic heart failure) or when your heart muscles are stiff and do not fill 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 tend to develop slowly and gradually, however, they are able to develop suddenly in some cases including following a heart attack or other heart problem. Initially symptoms could be seen only during times of activity. As time passes, symptoms can appear even during periods of rest.

Common symptoms of congestive heart failure include:

  • Shortness of breath with exertion or when lying down
  • Cough
  • Swelling in legs, feet and ankles (pooling of blood)
  • Swelling of the abdomen
  • Extra weight
  • Loss of appetite, upset stomach
  • 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 is present in an infant, a parent or guardian might notice the infant sweats during feedings or with other activities.

Happy Female Patient

Many people might have no obvious signs and symptoms. In these men and women, 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 result of a major complication of some chronic diseases like coronary artery disease, which is a narrowing of the blood vessels that supply one's heart. Other causes might include an infection that weakens the heart muscle.

Congestive Heart Failure Diagnosis and Treatment Elgin, Texas

Diagnosis may begin with the observation of the aforementioned symptoms and should be verified through an assessment by a medical doctor. The evaluation might 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 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 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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