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Heart Failure Elroy

Congestive heart failure is a serious problem among again people in the Elroy area. The signs and symptoms normally start slowly and gradually and could in the beginning be seen only during periods of exercise. However, as time passes, shortness of breath along with other signs and symptoms may be discovered even during periods of rest. Congestive heart failure is a condition in which the heart becomes an inefficient or weak pump.

Heart Conditions in Elroy

This heart condition is a long-term and chronic condition, that typically consists of both sides of the heart. However, the problem may affect only the right side of the heart (right-sided heart failure) or even the left side (left-sided heart failure). The problem occurs 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 rigid and do not fill with blood easily (diastolic heart failure).

In any form 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 exercise or exertion.

Congestive Heart Failure Symptoms and Causes

Congestive heart failure symptoms tend to develop gradually, however, they can develop abruptly in certain cases such as following a heart attack or other heart problem. Initially symptoms may be seen only in times of activity. After some time, symptoms can appear 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 heartbeat
  • Low blood pressure  

    Other symptoms might 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 along with other activities.

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Many people could have no obvious signs and symptoms. In these people, symptoms may only appear 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 often the result of a major complication of some chronic illnesses such as coronary artery disease, which is a narrowing of the blood vessels that supply the heart. Other causes might include an infection that weakens the heart muscle.

Congestive Heart Failure Diagnosis and Treatment Elroy, Texas

Diagnosis may begin with the observation of the previously mentioned signs and symptoms and should be verified through an evaluation by a 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 an individual needs cardiologists to address a heart related issue they may 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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