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Heart Failure Rices Crossing, TX

Congestive heart failure is a serious problem among again people in the Rices Crossing area. The signs and symptoms typically start gradually and might initially be seen only during times of exercise. However, as time passes, shortness of breath and other signs and symptoms might be noticed even during times of rest. Congestive heart failure is a condition in which the heart becomes an inefficient or fragile pump.

Heart Conditions in Rices Crossing, TX

This heart condition is a long-term and chronic problem, which typically involves each side of the heart. However, the problem may affect only the right side of the heart (right-sided heart failure) or the left side (left-sided heart failure). The condition develops when your heart muscles are weak and cannot pump the blood out of the heart properly (systolic heart failure) or when your heart muscles are rigid and don't fill up 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, particularly during times of physical activity or exertion.

Congestive Heart Failure Symptoms and Causes

Congestive heart failure symptoms often develop gradually, however, they can develop abruptly in some cases such as following a heart attack or other heart problem. Initially symptoms might be seen only in times of activity. After a while, 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
  • Swelling in hip and legs, feet and ankles (pooling of blood)
  • Swelling of the abdomen
  • Weight gain
  • Loss of appetite, heartburn
  • Irregular or rapid pulse
  • Low blood pressure  

    Other symptoms may include:

  • Decreased in alertness or ability to focus
  • Decreased urine production
  • 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.

Happy Female Patient

A lot of people may have no obvious signs or symptoms. In these men and women, symptoms may only appear with an accompanying condition such as anemia, arrhythmias (abnormal heart beat or rhythm), hyperthyroidism, infection with high fever, and also kidney disease.

Congestive heart failure is usually the result of a major 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 Rices Crossing, Texas

Diagnosis may begin with the observation of the previously mentioned signs and symptoms and should be verified through an assessment by a physician. The evaluation may include a physical exam, 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 also blood or urine analysis.

If an individual needs cardiologists to address a heart related problem 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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