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Heart Failure Friendship, Texas

Congestive heart failure is a serious problem among again people in the Friendship area. The signs and symptoms normally begin gradually and may initially be seen only during periods of exercise. However, with time, difficulty breathing along with other signs and symptoms might be observed 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, Texas

This heart condition is a long-term and chronic problem, which typically consists of each side of the heart. However, the problem may have an effect on only the right side of the heart (right-sided heart failure) or perhaps the left side (left-sided heart failure). The problem occurs when your heart muscles are weak and can't pump the blood out of the heart properly (systolic heart failure) or whenever your heart muscles are stiff and don't fill with blood easily (diastolic heart failure).

In any form of heart failure, the heart becomes incapable of properly pumping oxygen-rich blood to the rest of the body, especially during times of physical activity or exertion.

Congestive Heart Failure Symptoms and Causes

Congestive heart failure symptoms often develop gradually, however, they are able to develop abruptly in some cases like following a heart attack or other heart problem. Initially symptoms might 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
  • Putting on weight
  • Appetite loss, heartburn
  • Irregular or rapid heartbeat
  • 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 may notice the infant sweats in the course of feedings or along with other activities.

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

Congestive heart failure is often the consequence of a major complication of some chronic illnesses like coronary artery disease, which is a narrowing of the blood vessels that supply the 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 signs and symptoms and should be verified through an evaluation 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 also blood or urine analysis.

If an individual needs 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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