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Heart Failure Elgin, Texas

Congestive heart failure is a serious problem among again people in the Elgin area. The signs and symptoms typically start gradually and may in the beginning be seen only during periods of exercise. However, over time, shortness of breath along with other signs and symptoms may be found 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, Texas

This heart condition is a long-term and chronic condition, which usually involves each side of the heart. However, the problem might impact only the right side of the heart (right-sided heart failure) or even 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 successfully (systolic heart failure) or when your heart muscles are rigid and don't fill with blood easily (diastolic heart failure).

In all forms of heart failure, the heart becomes incompetent at adequately pumping oxygen-rich blood to the remaining portion of the body, particularly during times of physical activity or exertion.

Congestive Heart Failure Symptoms and Causes

Congestive heart failure symptoms have a tendency to develop slowly, however, they are able to develop suddenly in certain cases such as following a heart attack or other heart problem. Initially symptoms may be seen only during periods of activity. After some time, 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
  • Coughing
  • Inflammation in hip and legs, feet and ankles (pooling of blood)
  • Inflammation of the abdomen
  • Extra weight
  • Loss of appetite, indigestion
  • Irregular or rapid heartbeat
  • 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 along with other activities.

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Some individuals may have no obvious signs and symptoms. In these people, 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 often 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 might include an infection that weakens the heart muscle.

Congestive Heart Failure Diagnosis and Treatment Elgin, Texas

Diagnosis may start with the observation of the aforementioned signs and symptoms and should be verified through an evaluation by a physician. The evaluation might 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 an individual needs 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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