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Heart Failure Granger, Texas

Congestive heart failure is a serious problem among again people in the Granger area. The signs and symptoms generally start gradually and might in the beginning be seen only during periods of activity. However, with time, difficulty breathing and other signs and symptoms might be discovered even during periods of rest. Congestive heart failure is a condition in which the heart becomes an inefficient or weak pump.

Heart Conditions in Granger, Texas

This heart condition is a long-term and chronic problem, which typically consists of both sides of the heart. However, the problem may 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 occurs when your heart muscles are fragile and can't pump the blood out from the heart effectively (systolic heart failure) or when your heart muscles are rigid and don't fill up with blood easily (diastolic heart failure).

In all forms of heart failure, the heart becomes incapable of effectively pumping oxygen-rich blood to the rest of the body, particularly during times of physical activity or exertion.

Congestive Heart Failure Symptoms and Causes

Congestive heart failure symptoms have a tendency to develop slowly and gradually, however, they can develop abruptly in some cases such as following a heart attack or other heart problem. Initially symptoms might be seen only during 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
  • Inflammation in legs, feet and ankles (pooling of blood)
  • Inflammation of the abdomen
  • Excess weight
  • Loss of appetite, heartburn
  • Irregular or rapid heart beat
  • Low blood pressure  

    Other symptoms might include:

  • Decreased in alertness or ability to focus
  • Decreased urine output
  • 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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Some individuals might have no obvious signs or symptoms. In these people, symptoms may appear with an accompanying condition like anemia, arrhythmias (abnormal heart beat or rhythm), hyperthyroidism, infection with high fever, and kidney disease.

Congestive heart failure is often the result of a serious 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 Granger, TX

Diagnosis may start with the observation of the aforementioned 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 using a radiopaque contrast medium), heart catheterization, nuclear heart scan, and 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 great option. Call us at 512-206-2988  today to make an appointment.

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