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Heart Failure Paige, Texas

Congestive heart failure is a serious problem among again people in the Paige area. The signs and symptoms typically begin gradually and could in the beginning be seen only during periods of activity. However, as time passes, shortness of breath as well as other signs and symptoms could be noticed even during periods of rest. Congestive heart failure is a condition in which the heart becomes an ineffective or weak pump.

Heart Conditions in Paige, Texas

This heart condition is a long-term and chronic condition, which usually consists of each side of the heart. However, the condition may affect only the right side of the heart (right-sided heart failure) or even the left side (left-sided heart failure). The condition develops when your heart muscles are weak and can't pump the blood out from the heart successfully (systolic heart failure) or when your heart muscles are rigid and do not fill with blood easily (diastolic heart failure).

In all forms of heart failure, the heart becomes incapable of effectively 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 tend to develop gradually, however, they are able to develop abruptly in certain cases including 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
  • Extra weight
  • Appetite loss, heartburn
  • 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 exists 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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Some individuals could have no apparent signs or symptoms. In these individuals, symptoms may show up with an accompanying condition like 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 illnesses like coronary artery disease, which is a narrowing of the blood vessels that supply the heart. Other causes can include an infection that weakens the heart muscle.

Congestive Heart Failure Diagnosis and Treatment Paige, Texas

Diagnosis may begin with the observation of the previously mentioned signs and symptoms and should be confirmed through an assessment by a medical doctor. The evaluation can 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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