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Heart Failure Hill, TX

Congestive heart failure is a serious problem among again people in the Hill area. The symptoms generally begin slowly and gradually and might in the beginning be seen only during periods of activity. However, over time, difficulty breathing as well as other symptoms might be observed even during periods of rest. Congestive heart failure is a condition in which the heart becomes an ineffective or vulnerable pump.

Heart Conditions in Hill, TX

This heart condition is a long-term and chronic problem, which usually entails each side of the heart. However, the problem may affect 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 cannot pump the blood out from the heart successfully (systolic heart failure) or whenever your heart muscles are stiff and do not fill with blood easily (diastolic heart failure).

In any form of heart failure, the heart becomes incompetent at effectively pumping oxygen-rich blood to the rest of the body, especially during times of physical activity or exertion.

Congestive Heart Failure Symptoms and Causes

Congestive heart failure symptoms tend to develop gradually, however, they can develop suddenly in some cases like following a heart attack or other heart problem. Initially symptoms might be seen only in times of activity. After some time, 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
  • Swelling in legs, feet and ankles (pooling of blood)
  • Swelling of the abdomen
  • Weight gain
  • Loss of appetite, upset stomach
  • 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 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 could have no obvious signs or symptoms. In these men and women, symptoms might only show up with an accompanying condition such as anemia, arrhythmias (abnormal heart beat or rhythm), hyperthyroidism, illness with high fever, and kidney disease.

Congestive heart failure is usually the consequence of a serious complication of some chronic illnesses 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 Hill, Texas

Diagnosis may begin with the observation of the previously mentioned symptoms and should be verified through an evaluation by a doctor. 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 blood or urine analysis.

If an individual 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 superb option. Call us at 512-206-2988  today to make an appointment.

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