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Heart Failure Montopolis, Texas

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

Heart Conditions in Montopolis, Texas

This heart condition is a long-term and chronic problem, which usually will involve each side of the heart. However, the problem might 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 condition occurs when your heart muscles are weak and cannot pump the blood out from the heart successfully (systolic heart failure) or whenever your heart muscles are stiff and don't fill up with blood very easily (diastolic heart failure).

In all forms of heart failure, the heart becomes incapable of adequately pumping oxygen-rich blood to the remaining portion of the body, especially 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 are able to develop suddenly in certain cases like following a heart attack or any other heart problem. Initially symptoms could be seen only in times of activity. As time passes, symptoms can appear even during periods of rest.

Common symptoms of congestive heart failure include:

  • Shortness of breath with exertion or when lying down
  • Cough
  • Inflammation in legs, feet and ankles (pooling of blood)
  • Inflammation of the abdomen
  • Excess weight
  • Appetite loss, indigestion
  • Irregular or rapid heart beat
  • Low blood pressure  

    Other symptoms might include:

  • Decreased in alertness or ability to focus
  • 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 with other activities.

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Some individuals could have no obvious signs and symptoms. In these men and women, 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 consequence of a significant complication of some chronic diseases 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 Montopolis, Texas

Diagnosis may begin with the observation of the aforementioned signs and symptoms and should be verified through an evaluation by a physician. 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 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 great option. Call us at 512-206-2988  today to make an appointment.

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