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Heart Failure Henly, Texas

Congestive heart failure is a serious problem among again people in the Henly area. The symptoms usually start slowly and gradually and might initially be seen only during times of exercise. However, with time, shortness of breath as well as other symptoms may be noticed even during times of rest. Congestive heart failure is a condition in which the heart becomes an inefficient or vulnerable pump.

Heart Conditions in Henly, Texas

This heart condition is a long-term and chronic condition, which usually includes each side of the heart. However, the condition may impact 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 from the heart successfully (systolic heart failure) or when 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 adequately 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 tend to develop slowly and gradually, however, they can develop all of a sudden in certain cases like following a heart attack or other heart problem. Initially symptoms may be seen only during times of activity. After a while, symptoms can show up 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
  • Extra weight
  • Appetite loss, heartburn
  • Irregular or rapid heartbeat
  • Low blood pressure  

    Other symptoms might include:

  • Decreased in alertness or ability to concentrate
  • 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 during feedings or with other activities.

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Many people might have no apparent signs and symptoms. In these individuals, symptoms might 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 usually the consequence of a major 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, TX

Diagnosis may start with the observation of the aforementioned symptoms and should be verified through an assessment by a physician. 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 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 problem 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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