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Heart Failure Garfield, Texas

Congestive heart failure is a serious problem among again people in the Garfield area. The symptoms normally begin slowly and might in the beginning be seen only during periods of exercise. However, over time, difficulty breathing and other symptoms could 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 Garfield, Texas

This heart condition is a long-term and chronic condition, that usually consists of 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 even the left side (left-sided heart failure). The condition develops when your heart muscles are weak and cannot pump the blood out of the heart properly (systolic heart failure) or whenever your heart muscles are stiff and do not fill up with blood very easily (diastolic heart failure).

In all forms of heart failure, the heart becomes incompetent at adequately pumping oxygen-rich blood to the rest 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 can develop suddenly in certain cases such as following a heart attack or other heart problem. Initially symptoms could be seen only during 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
  • 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 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 during feedings or with other activities.

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

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

Congestive Heart Failure Diagnosis and Treatment Garfield, TX

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

If a person needs cardiologists to address a heart related issue 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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