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Heart Failure Four Points, TX

Congestive heart failure is a serious problem among again people in the Four Points area. The signs and symptoms usually begin slowly and gradually and could initially be seen only during periods of activity. However, with time, shortness of breath and other signs and symptoms may be found even during periods of rest. Congestive heart failure is a condition in which the heart becomes an ineffective or weak pump.

Heart Conditions in Four Points, TX

This heart condition is a long-term and chronic condition, that typically will involve each side of the heart. However, the condition might impact 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 weak and cannot pump the blood out of the heart successfully (systolic heart failure) or whenever your heart muscles are stiff and don't fill up with blood easily (diastolic heart failure).

In any form of heart failure, the heart becomes incapable of effectively 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 have a tendency to develop slowly, however, they are able to develop suddenly in certain cases like following a heart attack or other heart problem. Initially symptoms may 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
  • Putting on weight
  • Appetite loss, indigestion
  • Irregular or rapid heart beat
  • Low blood pressure  

    Other symptoms might 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 during feedings or along with other activities.

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A lot of people may have no obvious signs or symptoms. In these people, symptoms might only show up with an accompanying condition such as anemia, arrhythmias (abnormal heart beat or rhythm), hyperthyroidism, illness with high fever, and kidney disease.

Congestive heart failure is often the consequence of a significant complication of some chronic diseases such as 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 Four Points, Texas

Diagnosis may start with the observation of the previously mentioned signs and symptoms and should be confirmed through an assessment by a medical doctor. The evaluation might 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 blood or urine analysis.

If a person is in need of cardiologists to address a heart related problem 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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