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Heart Failure Jollyville

Congestive heart failure is a serious problem among again people in the Jollyville area. The signs and symptoms usually start slowly and could in the beginning be seen only during times of exercise. However, as time passes, difficulty breathing along with other signs and symptoms may be observed even during times of rest. Congestive heart failure is a condition in which the heart becomes an ineffective or weak pump.

Heart Conditions in Jollyville

This heart condition is a long-term and chronic problem, that typically will involve both sides of the heart. However, the problem might impact 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 can't pump the blood out of the heart effectively (systolic heart failure) or whenever your heart muscles are rigid and don't fill with blood very easily (diastolic heart failure).

In all forms of heart failure, the heart becomes incompetent at 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 gradually, however, they are able to develop suddenly in some cases such as following a heart attack or any other heart problem. Initially symptoms may be seen only during periods 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
  • Coughing
  • Swelling in legs, feet and ankles (pooling of blood)
  • Swelling of the abdomen
  • Putting on weight
  • Appetite loss, upset stomach
  • Irregular or rapid heart beat
  • Low blood pressure  

    Other symptoms might 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 along with other activities.

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Some individuals may have no obvious symptoms. In these people, symptoms may 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 result of a serious complication of some chronic diseases like coronary artery disease, which is a narrowing of the blood vessels that supply one's heart. Other causes might include an infection that weakens the heart muscle.

Congestive Heart Failure Diagnosis and Treatment Jollyville, TX

Diagnosis may begin with the observation of the previously mentioned signs and symptoms and should be verified through an evaluation by a medical 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 using a radiopaque contrast medium), heart catheterization, nuclear heart scan, and also blood or urine analysis.

If a person needs 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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