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Heart Failure Joppa, Texas

Congestive heart failure is a serious problem among again people in the Joppa area. The symptoms generally begin slowly and might in the beginning be seen only during times of exercise. However, over time, shortness of breath as well as other symptoms could be recognized even during times of rest. Congestive heart failure is a condition in which the heart becomes an ineffective or weak pump.

Heart Conditions in Joppa, Texas

This heart condition is a long-term and chronic problem, that usually will involve both sides of the heart. However, the condition might impact only the right side of the heart (right-sided heart failure) or the left side (left-sided heart failure). The condition develops when your heart muscles are fragile and cannot pump the blood out from the heart properly (systolic heart failure) or when your heart muscles are rigid and don't fill with blood easily (diastolic heart failure).

In all forms 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 tend to develop gradually, however, they are able to develop abruptly in certain cases including following a heart attack or any other heart problem. Initially symptoms could be seen only during periods of activity. As time passes, symptoms can show up even during periods of rest.

Common symptoms of congestive heart failure include:

  • Shortness of breath with exertion or when lying down
  • Cough
  • Swelling in legs, feet and ankles (pooling of blood)
  • Swelling of the abdomen
  • An increase in weight
  • Loss of appetite, indigestion
  • Irregular or rapid heartbeat
  • Low blood pressure  

    Other symptoms might 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 might notice the infant sweats in the course of feedings or with other activities.

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Some individuals might have no obvious symptoms. In these individuals, symptoms may show up with an accompanying condition like anemia, arrhythmias (abnormal heart beat or rhythm), hyperthyroidism, illness with high fever, and also kidney disease.

Congestive heart failure is usually the consequence of a significant complication of some chronic diseases like coronary artery disease, which is a narrowing of the blood vessels that supply the heart. Other causes can include an infection that weakens the heart muscle.

Congestive Heart Failure Diagnosis and Treatment Joppa, Texas

Diagnosis can start with the observation of the aforementioned symptoms and should be verified through an evaluation by a doctor. 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 also 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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