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Heart Failure Normans Crossing, TX

Congestive heart failure is a serious problem among again people in the Normans Crossing area. The symptoms typically start gradually and may in the beginning be seen only during periods of exercise. However, as time passes, difficulty breathing as well as other symptoms could be discovered even during periods of rest. Congestive heart failure is a condition in which the heart becomes an ineffective or vulnerable pump.

Heart Conditions in Normans Crossing, TX

This heart condition is a long-term and chronic condition, that usually consists of 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 takes place when your heart muscles are fragile and cannot pump the blood out from the heart properly (systolic heart failure) or whenever your heart muscles are rigid and do not fill up with blood very easily (diastolic heart failure).

In any form of heart failure, the heart becomes incapable of properly 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 often develop gradually, however, they can develop suddenly in certain cases including following a heart attack or other heart problem. Initially symptoms could 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 exertion or when lying down
  • Coughing
  • Swelling in legs, feet and ankles (pooling of blood)
  • Swelling of the abdomen
  • Weight gain
  • Appetite loss, upset stomach
  • Irregular or rapid heart beat
  • 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 may notice the infant sweats in the course of feedings or with other activities.

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A lot of people may have no obvious signs or symptoms. In these men and women, symptoms may only show up 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 consequence of a major 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 Normans Crossing, TX

Diagnosis may begin with the observation of the aforementioned 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 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 may 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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