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Heart Failure Red Rock

Congestive heart failure is a serious problem among again people in the Red Rock area. The signs and symptoms usually begin slowly and could initially be seen only during periods of exercise. However, over time, difficulty breathing as well as 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 vulnerable pump.

Heart Conditions in Red Rock

This heart condition is a long-term and chronic condition, which typically entails each side of the heart. However, the condition may impact 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 cannot pump the blood out from the heart successfully (systolic heart failure) or when your heart muscles are rigid and don't fill with blood easily (diastolic heart failure).

In any form of heart failure, the heart becomes incompetent at effectively pumping oxygen-rich blood to the remaining portion of the body, particularly during times of physical activity or exertion.

Congestive Heart Failure Symptoms and Causes

Congestive heart failure symptoms tend to develop gradually, however, they are able to develop all of a sudden in some cases including following a heart attack or other heart problem. Initially symptoms could be seen only during periods 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 exercise or when lying down
  • Cough
  • Swelling in hip and legs, feet and ankles (pooling of blood)
  • Swelling of the abdomen
  • An increase in weight
  • Loss of appetite, indigestion
  • 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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Many people might have no obvious signs and symptoms. In these people, symptoms may only show up with an accompanying condition like anemia, arrhythmias (abnormal heart beat or rhythm), hyperthyroidism, illness with high fever, and also kidney disease.

Congestive heart failure is usually the consequence of a serious 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 Red Rock, Texas

Diagnosis may start with the observation of the aforementioned 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 also blood or urine analysis.

If an individual needs cardiologists to address a heart related issue 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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