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Heart Failure Gregg

Congestive heart failure is a serious problem among again people in the Gregg area. The signs and symptoms typically begin slowly and could in the beginning be seen only during times of activity. However, with time, difficulty breathing and other signs and symptoms could be found even during times of rest. Congestive heart failure is a condition in which the heart becomes an ineffective or weak pump.

Heart Conditions in Gregg

This heart condition is a long-term and chronic condition, that typically includes both sides 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 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 don't fill up with blood very easily (diastolic heart failure).

In any form of heart failure, the heart becomes incapable of properly pumping oxygen-rich blood to the remaining portion 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, however, they are able to develop suddenly in certain cases such as following a heart attack or other heart problem. Initially symptoms could be seen only during periods of activity. After a while, symptoms can appear even during periods of rest.

Common symptoms of congestive heart failure include:

  • Shortness of breath with exertion or when lying down
  • Cough
  • Inflammation in legs, feet and ankles (pooling of blood)
  • Inflammation of the abdomen
  • Extra weight
  • Appetite loss, upset stomach
  • Irregular or rapid heartbeat
  • Low blood pressure  

    Other symptoms may 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 might notice the infant sweats during feedings or along with other activities.

Happy Female Patient

A lot of people may have no apparent signs and symptoms. In these men and women, symptoms may only appear with an accompanying condition such as anemia, arrhythmias (abnormal heart beat or rhythm), hyperthyroidism, infection with high fever, and 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 the heart. Other causes can include an infection that weakens the heart muscle.

Congestive Heart Failure Diagnosis and Treatment Gregg, Texas

Diagnosis may begin with the observation of the previously mentioned signs and symptoms and should be confirmed through an assessment by a doctor. The evaluation can 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 problem 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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