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Heart Failure San Marcos, Texas

Congestive heart failure is a serious problem among again people in the San Marcos area. The symptoms normally start slowly and might in the beginning be seen only during periods of exercise. However, as time passes, difficulty breathing as well as other symptoms may be noticed even during periods of rest. Congestive heart failure is a condition in which the heart becomes an ineffective or vulnerable pump.

Heart Conditions in San Marcos, Texas

This heart condition is a long-term and chronic problem, which usually will involve each side of the heart. However, the problem may affect only the right side of the heart (right-sided heart failure) or even the left side (left-sided heart failure). The condition takes place when your heart muscles are fragile and can't pump the blood out from the heart successfully (systolic heart failure) or when your heart muscles are rigid and don't fill with blood very easily (diastolic heart failure).

In any form of heart failure, the heart becomes incompetent at adequately pumping oxygen-rich blood to the rest 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 suddenly in some cases like following a heart attack or other heart problem. Initially symptoms may be seen only during 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 exercise or when lying down
  • Cough
  • Inflammation in hip and legs, feet and ankles (pooling of blood)
  • Inflammation of the abdomen
  • Extra weight
  • Loss of appetite, upset stomach
  • Irregular or rapid heartbeat
  • Low blood pressure  

    Other symptoms might include:

  • Decreased in alertness or ability to focus
  • Decreased urine output
  • Nighttime urination
  • Nausea and vomiting

If congestive heart failure exists 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 might have no obvious signs or symptoms. In these men and women, 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 result of a major complication of some chronic diseases like coronary artery disease, which is a narrowing of the blood vessels that supply one's heart. Other causes can include an infection that weakens the heart muscle.

Congestive Heart Failure Diagnosis and Treatment San Marcos, Texas

Diagnosis can start with the observation of the previously mentioned symptoms and should be confirmed through an evaluation by a medical 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 utilizing 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 problem 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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