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Heart Failure Fischer, TX

Congestive heart failure is a serious problem among again people in the Fischer area. The symptoms normally begin bit by bit and may in the beginning be seen only during times of exercise. However, over time, difficulty breathing and other symptoms might be noticed even during times of rest. Congestive heart failure is a condition in which the heart becomes an inefficient or fragile pump.

Heart Conditions in Fischer, TX

This heart condition is a long-term and chronic condition, that typically will involve 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 develops when your heart muscles are fragile and can't pump the blood out of the heart properly (systolic heart failure) or when your heart muscles are stiff and do not fill up 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 have a tendency to develop gradually, however, they are able to develop suddenly in some cases such as following a heart attack or other heart problem. Initially symptoms might 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
  • Inflammation in hip and legs, feet and ankles (pooling of blood)
  • Inflammation 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 production
  • Nighttime urination
  • Nausea and vomiting

If congestive heart failure is present in an infant, a parent or guardian might notice the infant sweats in the course of feedings or with other activities.

Happy Female Patient

Many people could have no apparent signs and symptoms. In these men and women, symptoms may only appear 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 major complication of some chronic diseases like coronary artery disease, which is a narrowing of the blood vessels that supply the heart. Other causes can include an infection that weakens the heart muscle.

Congestive Heart Failure Diagnosis and Treatment Fischer, TX

Diagnosis may start with the observation of the aforementioned symptoms and should be confirmed through an assessment by a doctor. 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 also blood or urine analysis.

If a person needs cardiologists to address a heart related issue 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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