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Heart Failure Reedville

Congestive heart failure is a serious problem among again people in the Reedville area. The signs and symptoms usually start slowly and gradually and could in the beginning be seen only during times of exercise. However, with time, difficulty breathing as well as other signs and symptoms could be observed even during times of rest. Congestive heart failure is a condition in which the heart becomes an ineffective or fragile pump.

Heart Conditions in Reedville

This heart condition is a long-term and chronic condition, which usually includes each side of the heart. However, the condition 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 takes place when your heart muscles are fragile and cannot pump the blood out of the heart successfully (systolic heart failure) or whenever 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 incompetent at effectively pumping oxygen-rich blood to the rest of the body, particularly during times of physical activity or exertion.

Congestive Heart Failure Symptoms and Causes

Congestive heart failure symptoms often develop slowly, however, they can develop abruptly in some cases such as following a heart attack or any other heart problem. Initially symptoms could be seen only in times of activity. After a while, 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
  • Cough
  • Inflammation in legs, feet and ankles (pooling of blood)
  • Inflammation of the abdomen
  • Excess weight
  • Loss of appetite, heartburn
  • Irregular or rapid heartbeat
  • Low blood pressure  

    Other symptoms might include:

  • Decreased in alertness or ability to focus
  • Decreased urine output
  • 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 may have no obvious signs or symptoms. In these individuals, symptoms may 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 result of a major complication of some chronic illnesses such as coronary artery disease, which is a narrowing of the blood vessels that supply the heart. Other causes might include an infection that weakens the heart muscle.

Congestive Heart Failure Diagnosis and Treatment Reedville, Texas

Diagnosis may start with the observation of the aforementioned signs and symptoms and should be verified through an evaluation by a medical doctor. 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 issue they may 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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