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Heart Failure San Gabriel, Texas

Congestive heart failure is a serious problem among again people in the San Gabriel area. The signs and symptoms usually begin slowly and gradually and may initially be seen only during times of activity. However, with time, difficulty breathing and other signs and symptoms could be noticed even during times of rest. Congestive heart failure is a condition in which the heart becomes an ineffective or weak pump.

Heart Conditions in San Gabriel, Texas

This heart condition is a long-term and chronic problem, that typically involves both sides of the heart. However, the problem may have an effect on only the right side of the heart (right-sided heart failure) or the left side (left-sided heart failure). The problem occurs when your heart muscles are weak and can't pump the blood out from the heart effectively (systolic heart failure) or whenever your heart muscles are stiff and do not fill up with blood very easily (diastolic heart failure).

In all forms of heart failure, the heart becomes incompetent at effectively 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 tend to develop gradually, however, they can develop all of a sudden in certain cases including following a heart attack or other heart problem. Initially symptoms could be seen only during times 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
  • Cough
  • Inflammation in hip and legs, feet and ankles (pooling of blood)
  • Inflammation of the abdomen
  • Weight gain
  • Loss of appetite, indigestion
  • Irregular or rapid pulse
  • Low blood pressure  

    Other symptoms might include:

  • Decreased in alertness or ability to concentrate
  • 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 in the course of feedings or with other activities.

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

Congestive heart failure is usually the result of a serious complication of some chronic diseases like 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 San Gabriel, Texas

Diagnosis can start with the observation of the aforementioned signs and symptoms and should be verified through an assessment by a physician. 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 also blood or urine analysis.

If a person 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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