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Heart Failure Henly, Texas

Congestive heart failure is a serious problem among again people in the Henly area. The signs and symptoms typically begin slowly and gradually and might in the beginning be seen only during periods of exercise. However, as time passes, difficulty breathing as well as other signs and symptoms might be found even during periods of rest. Congestive heart failure is a condition in which the heart becomes an ineffective or weak pump.

Heart Conditions in Henly, Texas

This heart condition is a long-term and chronic condition, which usually entails each side 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 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 rigid and don't fill with blood 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 activity or exertion.

Congestive Heart Failure Symptoms and Causes

Congestive heart failure symptoms have a tendency to develop gradually, however, they are able to develop suddenly in certain cases like following a heart attack or other heart problem. Initially symptoms might be seen only during times of activity. After some time, symptoms can show up even during periods of rest.

Common symptoms of congestive heart failure include:

  • Shortness of breath with exertion or when lying down
  • Coughing
  • Inflammation in legs, feet and ankles (pooling of blood)
  • Inflammation of the abdomen
  • Excess weight
  • Loss of appetite, upset stomach
  • Irregular or rapid pulse
  • 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 is present in an infant, a parent or guardian may notice the infant sweats in the course of feedings or with other activities.

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Many people may have no apparent signs or symptoms. In these people, symptoms may 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 major 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 Henly, Texas

Diagnosis may start with the observation of the previously mentioned signs and symptoms and should be verified through an assessment by a medical doctor. 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 is in need of cardiologists to address a heart related problem they may 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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