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Heart Failure Lockhart, TX

Congestive heart failure is a serious problem among again people in the Lockhart area. The signs and symptoms typically start bit by bit and could in the beginning be seen only during times of activity. However, over time, difficulty breathing as well as other signs and symptoms could 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 Lockhart, TX

This heart condition is a long-term and chronic problem, which usually involves both sides of the heart. However, the problem may impact only the right side of the heart (right-sided heart failure) or the left side (left-sided heart failure). The condition occurs 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 rigid and don't fill up with blood very easily (diastolic heart failure).

In all forms of heart failure, the heart becomes incapable of properly pumping oxygen-rich blood to the rest of the body, particularly during times of physical exercise or exertion.

Congestive Heart Failure Symptoms and Causes

Congestive heart failure symptoms have a tendency to develop gradually, however, they can develop abruptly in some cases like following a heart attack or any other heart problem. Initially symptoms could be seen only during times of activity. After a while, 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
  • Coughing
  • Swelling in legs, feet and ankles (pooling of blood)
  • Swelling of the abdomen
  • Extra weight
  • Appetite loss, upset stomach
  • 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 may notice the infant sweats during feedings or along with other activities.

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Many people may have no apparent signs and symptoms. In these men and women, symptoms may show up with an accompanying condition like anemia, arrhythmias (abnormal heart beat or rhythm), hyperthyroidism, illness with high fever, and kidney disease.

Congestive heart failure is often the result of a significant complication of some chronic diseases 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 Lockhart, Texas

Diagnosis may begin with the observation of the aforementioned signs and symptoms and should be confirmed through an assessment 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 utilizing a radiopaque contrast medium), heart catheterization, nuclear heart scan, and blood or urine analysis.

If a person 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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