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Heart Failure San Marcos, TX

Congestive heart failure is a serious problem among again people in the San Marcos area. The signs and symptoms generally start bit by bit and may in the beginning be seen only during times of activity. However, with time, shortness of breath and other signs and symptoms could be found even during times of rest. Congestive heart failure is a condition in which the heart becomes an ineffective or fragile pump.

Heart Conditions in San Marcos, TX

This heart condition is a long-term and chronic problem, which usually consists of both sides of the heart. However, the condition may affect only the right side of the heart (right-sided heart failure) or even the left side (left-sided heart failure). The condition develops when your heart muscles are fragile and cannot pump the blood out from the heart properly (systolic heart failure) or when your heart muscles are stiff and don't fill with blood very easily (diastolic heart failure).

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

Congestive Heart Failure Symptoms and Causes

Congestive heart failure symptoms tend to develop slowly, however, they are able to develop all of a sudden in certain cases like following a heart attack or any other heart problem. Initially symptoms could be seen only during periods 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 exercise 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, 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 in the course of feedings or with other activities.

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Many people might have no apparent signs and 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 often the consequence of a major 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 San Marcos, TX

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

If a person is in need of 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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