Heart Failure Highland Haven, Texas
Congestive heart failure is a serious problem among again people in the Highland Haven area. The symptoms normally start bit by bit and may in the beginning be seen only during periods of activity. However, as time passes, shortness of breath and other symptoms may be noticed even during periods of rest. Congestive heart failure is a condition in which the heart becomes an inefficient or vulnerable pump.
Heart Conditions in Highland Haven, Texas
This heart condition is a long-term and chronic problem, that usually will involve each side of the heart. However, the condition might affect only the right side of the heart (right-sided heart failure) or even the left side (left-sided heart failure). The condition takes place when your heart muscles are fragile and cannot pump the blood out from the heart successfully (systolic heart failure) or when your heart muscles are stiff and do not fill up with blood very 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, especially during times of physical exercise or exertion.
Congestive Heart Failure Symptoms and Causes
Congestive heart failure symptoms tend to develop slowly and gradually, however, they are able to develop suddenly in certain cases such as following a heart attack or other heart problem. Initially symptoms may 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
- 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 may include:
- Decreased in alertness or ability to focus
- Decreased urine output
- Nighttime urination
- Nausea and vomiting
If congestive heart failure is present in an infant, a parent or guardian might notice the infant sweats during feedings or with other activities.
Many people may have no apparent symptoms. In these men and women, symptoms may show up 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 often the result of a significant complication of some chronic diseases such as 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 Highland Haven, Texas
Diagnosis may start with the observation of the previously mentioned symptoms and should be verified through an evaluation by a 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 utilizing 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 superb option. Call us at 512-206-2988 today to make an appointment.