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Heart Failure Round Mountain

Congestive heart failure is a serious problem among again people in the Round Mountain area. The signs and symptoms usually start gradually and may initially be seen only during times of activity. However, with time, shortness of breath along with other signs and symptoms could be discovered even during times of rest. Congestive heart failure is a condition in which the heart becomes an ineffective or vulnerable pump.

Heart Conditions in Round Mountain

This heart condition is a long-term and chronic problem, which typically will involve each side of the heart. However, the problem might affect only the right side of the heart (right-sided heart failure) or even the left side (left-sided heart failure). The condition occurs 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 stiff and don't fill up with blood very easily (diastolic heart failure).

In all forms of heart failure, the heart becomes incapable of effectively pumping oxygen-rich blood to the rest of the body, particularly during times of physical exercise or exertion.

Congestive Heart Failure Symptoms and Causes

Congestive heart failure symptoms tend to develop gradually, however, they can develop abruptly in certain cases such as following a heart attack or any other heart problem. Initially symptoms could be seen only during times of activity. As time passes, 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
  • Swelling in hip and legs, feet and ankles (pooling of blood)
  • Swelling of the abdomen
  • Extra 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 production
  • 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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Many people might have no apparent signs or symptoms. In these people, symptoms might only appear with an accompanying condition like anemia, arrhythmias (abnormal heart beat or rhythm), hyperthyroidism, infection with high fever, and also kidney disease.

Congestive heart failure is often the consequence of a serious 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 Round Mountain, Texas

Diagnosis may begin 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 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 is in need of 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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