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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 generally begin slowly and might in the beginning be seen only during times of exercise. However, over time, shortness of breath as well as other signs and 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 Elroy

This heart condition is a long-term and chronic condition, that typically will involve both sides of the heart. However, the problem may affect only the right side of the heart (right-sided heart failure) or perhaps the left side (left-sided heart failure). The condition 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 stiff and don't fill with blood easily (diastolic heart failure).

In any form of heart failure, the heart becomes incapable of 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 some cases like following a heart attack or other heart problem. Initially symptoms could be seen only during periods 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 hip and legs, feet and ankles (pooling of blood)
  • Swelling of the abdomen
  • Weight gain
  • Loss of appetite, heartburn
  • Irregular or rapid heartbeat
  • Low blood pressure  

    Other symptoms may 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 during feedings or with other activities.

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Some individuals may have no obvious signs and symptoms. In these individuals, 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 consequence of a major complication of some chronic diseases like 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, TX

Diagnosis can start with the observation of the aforementioned signs and symptoms and should be verified through an assessment by a physician. 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 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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