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Heart Failure Frame Switch, TX

Congestive heart failure is a serious problem among again people in the Frame Switch area. The symptoms generally start bit by bit and may initially be seen only during times of activity. However, over time, difficulty breathing and other symptoms could be recognized even during times of rest. Congestive heart failure is a condition in which the heart becomes an ineffective or fragile pump.

Heart Conditions in Frame Switch, TX

This heart condition is a long-term and chronic problem, that usually will involve each side of the heart. However, the problem might have an effect on only the right side of the heart (right-sided heart failure) or the left side (left-sided heart failure). The problem takes place 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 rigid and do not 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, especially 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 can develop all of a sudden in certain cases like following a heart attack or any other heart problem. Initially symptoms could be seen only in times of activity. After some time, symptoms can appear even during periods of rest.

Common symptoms of congestive heart failure include:

  • Shortness of breath with exercise or when lying down
  • Coughing
  • Swelling in legs, feet and ankles (pooling of blood)
  • Swelling of the abdomen
  • Excess weight
  • Appetite loss, upset stomach
  • Irregular or rapid heart beat
  • Low blood pressure  

    Other symptoms may include:

  • Decreased in alertness or ability to concentrate
  • Decreased urine output
  • Nighttime urination
  • Nausea and vomiting

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

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Many people could have no obvious signs and symptoms. In these men and women, symptoms may show up with an accompanying condition like anemia, arrhythmias (abnormal heart beat or rhythm), hyperthyroidism, infection with high fever, and kidney disease.

Congestive heart failure is usually the result 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 might include an infection that weakens the heart muscle.

Congestive Heart Failure Diagnosis and Treatment Frame Switch, TX

Diagnosis may start with the observation of the previously mentioned symptoms and should be verified through an evaluation by a 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 using a radiopaque contrast medium), heart catheterization, nuclear heart scan, and blood or urine analysis.

If an individual is in need of cardiologists to address a heart related issue 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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