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Heart Failure Lost Pines

Congestive heart failure is a serious problem among again people in the Lost Pines area. The signs and symptoms normally start slowly and gradually and may initially be seen only during periods of exercise. However, as time passes, shortness of breath and other signs and symptoms could be found even during periods of rest. Congestive heart failure is a condition in which the heart becomes an inefficient or fragile pump.

Heart Conditions in Lost Pines

This heart condition is a long-term and chronic problem, that typically involves each side of the heart. However, the condition might affect only the right side of the heart (right-sided heart failure) or even the left side (left-sided heart failure). The condition takes place 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 rigid and do not fill up with blood easily (diastolic heart failure).

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

Congestive Heart Failure Symptoms and Causes

Congestive heart failure symptoms often develop slowly, however, they can develop abruptly in some cases including following a heart attack or any other heart problem. Initially symptoms could be seen only during 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 exertion or when lying down
  • Coughing
  • Inflammation in hip and legs, feet and ankles (pooling of blood)
  • Inflammation of the abdomen
  • Excess weight
  • Loss of appetite, indigestion
  • 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 is present in an infant, a parent or guardian might notice the infant sweats in the course of feedings or along with other activities.

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Many people might have no apparent signs and symptoms. In these individuals, symptoms might only appear with an accompanying condition such as anemia, arrhythmias (abnormal heart beat or rhythm), hyperthyroidism, illness with high fever, and 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 might include an infection that weakens the heart muscle.

Congestive Heart Failure Diagnosis and Treatment Lost Pines, Texas

Diagnosis can start with the observation of the previously mentioned signs and symptoms and should be verified through an evaluation by a physician. The evaluation might 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 blood or urine analysis.

If an individual 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.

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