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Heart Failure Kimbro, TX

Congestive heart failure is a serious problem among again people in the Kimbro area. The signs and symptoms normally start bit by bit and could initially be seen only during times of exercise. However, as time passes, difficulty breathing along with other signs and symptoms may be recognized even during times of rest. Congestive heart failure is a condition in which the heart becomes an inefficient or vulnerable pump.

Heart Conditions in Kimbro, TX

This heart condition is a long-term and chronic condition, which usually involves both sides 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 develops when your heart muscles are fragile and can't pump the blood out of the heart properly (systolic heart failure) or whenever your heart muscles are rigid and don't fill up 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 remaining portion of the body, particularly during times of physical activity or exertion.

Congestive Heart Failure Symptoms and Causes

Congestive heart failure symptoms often develop slowly and gradually, however, they can develop all of a sudden in some cases like following a heart attack or other heart problem. Initially symptoms may be seen only in times of activity. After some time, 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
  • Cough
  • Swelling in hip and legs, feet and ankles (pooling of blood)
  • Swelling of the abdomen
  • Excess weight
  • Appetite loss, upset stomach
  • Irregular or rapid heart beat
  • Low blood pressure  

    Other symptoms may 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 during feedings or along with other activities.

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A lot of people may have no obvious symptoms. In these people, symptoms might only appear with an accompanying condition such as anemia, arrhythmias (abnormal heart beat or rhythm), hyperthyroidism, illness with high fever, and also kidney disease.

Congestive heart failure is usually the result 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 Kimbro, TX

Diagnosis can start with the observation of the previously mentioned signs and symptoms and should be verified through an evaluation by a medical doctor. The evaluation may include a physical examination, 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 also blood or urine analysis.

If a person needs cardiologists to address a heart related issue 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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