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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 usually begin slowly and might initially be seen only during periods of exercise. However, as time passes, shortness of breath as well as other signs and symptoms may 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 Rices Crossing, TX

This heart condition is a long-term and chronic problem, that typically will involve both sides of the heart. However, the problem may impact only the right side of the heart (right-sided heart failure) or the left side (left-sided heart failure). The problem develops when your heart muscles are fragile and can't pump the blood out of the heart properly (systolic heart failure) or when your heart muscles are stiff and do not fill with blood very 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 exercise or exertion.

Congestive Heart Failure Symptoms and Causes

Congestive heart failure symptoms often develop gradually, however, they can develop abruptly in some cases like following a heart attack or any other heart problem. Initially symptoms may be seen only during periods of activity. After some time, symptoms can appear 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
  • Weight gain
  • Appetite loss, heartburn
  • Irregular or rapid heartbeat
  • Low blood pressure  

    Other symptoms may 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 may notice the infant sweats during feedings or along with other activities.

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A lot of people could have no apparent signs or symptoms. In these people, symptoms might 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 significant complication of some chronic diseases such as 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 Rices Crossing, TX

Diagnosis may start with the observation of the previously mentioned signs and symptoms and should be verified through an assessment by a 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 a person needs cardiologists to address a heart related issue 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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