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Heart Failure Florence, TX

Congestive heart failure is a serious problem among again people in the Florence area. The signs and symptoms typically start slowly and gradually 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 may be recognized even during times of rest. Congestive heart failure is a condition in which the heart becomes an inefficient or fragile pump.

Heart Conditions in Florence, TX

This heart condition is a long-term and chronic problem, that typically entails each side of the heart. However, the condition may have an effect on only the right side of the heart (right-sided heart failure) or even the left side (left-sided heart failure). The problem develops 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 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, especially during times of physical exercise or exertion.

Congestive Heart Failure Symptoms and Causes

Congestive heart failure symptoms often develop slowly, however, they can develop all of a sudden in certain cases such as following a heart attack or any other heart problem. Initially symptoms may be seen only during times of activity. After a while, symptoms can show up even during periods of rest.

Common symptoms of congestive heart failure include:

  • Shortness of breath with exercise or when lying down
  • Coughing
  • Swelling in hip and legs, feet and ankles (pooling of blood)
  • Swelling of the abdomen
  • Putting on weight
  • Loss of appetite, upset stomach
  • 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 in the course of feedings or with other activities.

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Many people could have no obvious signs and symptoms. In these individuals, symptoms may 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 serious 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 Florence, Texas

Diagnosis may begin with the observation of the previously mentioned signs and symptoms and should be confirmed 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 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 superb option. Call us at 512-206-2988  today to make an appointment.

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