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Heart Failure Jonestown, Texas

Congestive heart failure is a serious problem among again people in the Jonestown area. The symptoms normally start slowly and gradually and might initially be seen only during periods of exercise. However, with time, shortness of breath along with other symptoms could be discovered even during periods of rest. Congestive heart failure is a condition in which the heart becomes an ineffective or weak pump.

Heart Conditions in Jonestown, Texas

This heart condition is a long-term and chronic problem, which usually entails both sides of the heart. However, the condition may have an effect on only the right side of the heart (right-sided heart failure) or perhaps the left side (left-sided heart failure). The condition occurs when your heart muscles are fragile and can't pump the blood out of the heart effectively (systolic heart failure) or when 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 properly 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 have a tendency to develop slowly and gradually, however, they can develop suddenly in certain cases including following a heart attack or any other heart problem. Initially symptoms could be seen only during times 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
  • Coughing
  • Swelling in legs, feet and ankles (pooling of blood)
  • Swelling of the abdomen
  • Excess weight
  • Appetite loss, heartburn
  • Irregular or rapid pulse
  • Low blood pressure  

    Other symptoms may include:

  • Decreased in alertness or ability to concentrate
  • 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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Some individuals might have no obvious signs or symptoms. In these people, symptoms may show up with an accompanying condition like anemia, arrhythmias (abnormal heart beat or rhythm), hyperthyroidism, infection with high fever, and kidney disease.

Congestive heart failure is often the consequence 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 can include an infection that weakens the heart muscle.

Congestive Heart Failure Diagnosis and Treatment Jonestown, Texas

Diagnosis may begin with the observation of the aforementioned symptoms and should be confirmed through an assessment by a physician. The evaluation can 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 blood or urine analysis.

If an individual is in need of cardiologists to address a heart related problem they might 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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