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Heart Failure Horsesho, Texas

Congestive heart failure is a serious problem among again people in the Horsesho area. The signs and symptoms typically begin slowly and could in the beginning be seen only during times of exercise. However, as time passes, difficulty breathing and other signs and symptoms might be observed even during times of rest. Congestive heart failure is a condition in which the heart becomes an inefficient or fragile pump.

Heart Conditions in Horsesho, Texas

This heart condition is a long-term and chronic problem, which usually involves both sides of the heart. However, the problem may impact only the right side of the heart (right-sided heart failure) or even the left side (left-sided heart failure). The problem takes place when your heart muscles are fragile and cannot pump the blood out of the heart properly (systolic heart failure) or when your heart muscles are stiff and do not fill with blood very easily (diastolic heart failure).

In any form of heart failure, the heart becomes incompetent at properly 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 can develop abruptly in some cases including following a heart attack or other heart problem. Initially symptoms might 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
  • Coughing
  • Inflammation in legs, feet and ankles (pooling of blood)
  • Inflammation of the abdomen
  • Putting on weight
  • Appetite loss, heartburn
  • Irregular or rapid heart beat
  • Low blood pressure  

    Other symptoms might include:

  • Decreased in alertness or ability to focus
  • 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 in the course of feedings or with other activities.

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Many people may have no apparent signs and symptoms. In these people, symptoms might only 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 usually the consequence of a significant complication of some chronic diseases such as coronary artery disease, which is a narrowing of the blood vessels that supply the heart. Other causes might include an infection that weakens the heart muscle.

Congestive Heart Failure Diagnosis and Treatment Horsesho, TX

Diagnosis may start with the observation of the aforementioned signs and symptoms and should be verified through an evaluation by a doctor. The evaluation might 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 a person is in need of 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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