Heart Failure Laneport, Texas
Congestive heart failure is a serious problem among again people in the Laneport area. The symptoms usually begin slowly and gradually and could in the beginning be seen only during periods of exercise. However, as time passes, shortness of breath and other symptoms could be recognized even during periods of rest. Congestive heart failure is a condition in which the heart becomes an inefficient or weak pump.
Heart Conditions in Laneport, Texas
This heart condition is a long-term and chronic problem, that typically includes both sides of the heart. However, the problem 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 problem develops when your heart muscles are weak 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 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, especially during times of physical activity or exertion.
Congestive Heart Failure Symptoms and Causes
Congestive heart failure symptoms tend to develop slowly and gradually, however, they are able to develop all of a sudden in certain cases such as following a heart attack or any other heart problem. Initially symptoms could be seen only during times 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 exercise or when lying down
- Swelling in hip and legs, feet and ankles (pooling of blood)
- Swelling of the abdomen
- Weight gain
- Loss of appetite, indigestion
- Irregular or rapid pulse
- Low blood pressure
Other symptoms may include:
- Decreased in alertness or ability to concentrate
- Decreased urine output
- Nighttime urination
- Nausea and vomiting
If congestive heart failure is present in an infant, a parent or guardian may notice the infant sweats in the course of feedings or along with other activities.
Many people may have no apparent symptoms. In these individuals, symptoms may 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 result of a serious complication of some chronic diseases such as coronary artery disease, which is a narrowing of the blood vessels that supply the heart. Other causes may include an infection that weakens the heart muscle.
Congestive Heart Failure Diagnosis and Treatment Laneport, TX
Diagnosis may begin with the observation of the previously mentioned symptoms and should be confirmed through an assessment by a medical doctor. The evaluation may 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 a person needs cardiologists to address a heart related problem they might 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.