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Heart Failure Florence, TX

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

Heart Conditions in Florence, TX

This heart condition is a long-term and chronic problem, which typically includes both sides of the heart. However, the condition may impact only the right side of the heart (right-sided heart failure) or even the left side (left-sided heart failure). The condition takes place when your heart muscles are weak and cannot pump the blood out from the heart effectively (systolic heart failure) or whenever 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 effectively pumping oxygen-rich blood to the rest 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 can develop abruptly in certain cases like following a heart attack or any other heart problem. Initially symptoms could be seen only during periods of activity. After a while, 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
  • Weight gain
  • Loss of appetite, heartburn
  • Irregular or rapid heartbeat
  • Low blood pressure  

    Other symptoms might 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 may notice the infant sweats in the course of feedings or with other activities.

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Many people might have no obvious symptoms. In these individuals, symptoms may only appear with an accompanying condition like anemia, arrhythmias (abnormal heart beat or rhythm), hyperthyroidism, illness with high fever, and kidney disease.

Congestive heart failure is usually the consequence of a significant complication of some chronic diseases like coronary artery disease, which is a narrowing of the blood vessels that supply one's heart. Other causes can include an infection that weakens the heart muscle.

Congestive Heart Failure Diagnosis and Treatment Florence, TX

Diagnosis can start with the observation of the previously mentioned symptoms and should be verified through an evaluation 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 using a radiopaque contrast medium), heart catheterization, nuclear heart scan, and 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 great option. Call us at 512-206-2988  today to make an appointment.

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