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Heart Failure Friendship

Congestive heart failure is a serious problem among again people in the Friendship area. The symptoms usually begin gradually and could in the beginning be seen only during periods of activity. However, with time, difficulty breathing along with other symptoms might 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 Friendship

This heart condition is a long-term and chronic problem, which usually consists of both sides of the heart. However, the problem might affect only the right side of the heart (right-sided heart failure) or the left side (left-sided heart failure). The problem occurs when your heart muscles are weak and can't pump the blood out from the heart properly (systolic heart failure) or whenever your heart muscles are stiff and don't fill up with blood very easily (diastolic heart failure).

In all forms of heart failure, the heart becomes incompetent at properly 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 tend to develop gradually, however, they can develop suddenly in certain cases including following a heart attack or other heart problem. Initially symptoms might be seen only in times of activity. As time passes, symptoms can appear even during periods of rest.

Common symptoms of congestive heart failure include:

  • Shortness of breath with exercise or when lying down
  • Cough
  • Inflammation in hip and legs, feet and ankles (pooling of blood)
  • Inflammation of the abdomen
  • Weight gain
  • Loss of appetite, heartburn
  • Irregular or rapid pulse
  • Low blood pressure  

    Other symptoms might include:

  • Decreased in alertness or ability to focus
  • Decreased urine production
  • 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 with other activities.

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Some individuals could have no obvious signs or symptoms. In these people, symptoms may only show up with an accompanying condition such as anemia, arrhythmias (abnormal heart beat or rhythm), hyperthyroidism, infection with high fever, and also kidney disease.

Congestive heart failure is usually the result of a serious complication of some chronic illnesses 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 Friendship, Texas

Diagnosis may begin with the observation of the previously mentioned symptoms and should be verified through an assessment by a medical doctor. 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 also blood or urine analysis.

If a person needs 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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