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Heart Failure Henly

Congestive heart failure is a serious problem among again people in the Henly area. The symptoms normally begin bit by bit and may in the beginning be seen only during times of exercise. However, over time, difficulty breathing as well as other symptoms may be observed even during times of rest. Congestive heart failure is a condition in which the heart becomes an inefficient or weak pump.

Heart Conditions in Henly

This heart condition is a long-term and chronic problem, that usually includes both sides of the heart. However, the problem might impact only the right side of the heart (right-sided heart failure) or perhaps the left side (left-sided heart failure). The problem develops when your heart muscles are weak and can't pump the blood out of the heart successfully (systolic heart failure) or when your heart muscles are stiff and don't fill with blood easily (diastolic heart failure).

In all forms of heart failure, the heart becomes incapable of properly pumping oxygen-rich blood to the remaining portion of the body, especially during times of physical exercise or exertion.

Congestive Heart Failure Symptoms and Causes

Congestive heart failure symptoms often develop slowly and gradually, however, they can develop suddenly in certain cases such as following a heart attack or other heart problem. Initially symptoms may be seen only in times of activity. After a while, 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
  • Putting on weight
  • Loss of appetite, heartburn
  • Irregular or rapid heartbeat
  • 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 might notice the infant sweats in the course of feedings or with other activities.

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

Congestive heart failure is often the result of a serious complication of some chronic diseases 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 Henly, Texas

Diagnosis may begin with the observation of the aforementioned symptoms and should be verified through an assessment by a physician. The evaluation may 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 blood or urine analysis.

If a person 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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