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Heart Failure Round Rock, TX

Congestive heart failure is a serious problem among again people in the Round Rock area. The signs and symptoms normally begin slowly and may initially be seen only during periods of exercise. However, with time, shortness of breath and other signs and symptoms could be discovered even during periods of rest. Congestive heart failure is a condition in which the heart becomes an inefficient or fragile pump.

Heart Conditions in Round Rock, TX

This heart condition is a long-term and chronic problem, that typically entails each side of the heart. However, the condition may affect 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 weak and cannot pump the blood out of the heart effectively (systolic heart failure) or when your heart muscles are stiff and don't fill up with blood very easily (diastolic heart failure).

In any form of heart failure, the heart becomes incapable of properly pumping oxygen-rich blood to the remaining portion of the body, especially during times of physical activity or exertion.

Congestive Heart Failure Symptoms and Causes

Congestive heart failure symptoms often develop slowly, however, they are able to develop all of a sudden in some cases like following a heart attack or any 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 exertion or when lying down
  • Coughing
  • Swelling in hip and legs, feet and ankles (pooling of blood)
  • Swelling of the abdomen
  • Putting on weight
  • Loss of appetite, indigestion
  • Irregular or rapid heartbeat
  • Low blood pressure  

    Other symptoms might include:

  • Decreased in alertness or ability to concentrate
  • 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 along with other activities.

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A lot of people might have no apparent symptoms. In these men and women, symptoms may appear with an accompanying condition like anemia, arrhythmias (abnormal heart beat or rhythm), hyperthyroidism, illness with high fever, and kidney disease.

Congestive heart failure is usually the result of a serious complication of some chronic illnesses like coronary artery disease, which is a narrowing of the blood vessels that supply one's heart. Other causes might include an infection that weakens the heart muscle.

Congestive Heart Failure Diagnosis and Treatment Round Rock, TX

Diagnosis can start with the observation of the aforementioned signs and symptoms and should be confirmed through an assessment 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 using 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 superb option. Call us at 512-206-2988  today to make an appointment.

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