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Heart Failure Sandoval, Texas

Congestive heart failure is a serious problem among again people in the Sandoval area. The signs and symptoms normally start slowly and gradually and may in the beginning be seen only during periods of activity. However, over time, shortness of breath along with other signs and symptoms could be recognized even during periods of rest. Congestive heart failure is a condition in which the heart becomes an ineffective or weak pump.

Heart Conditions in Sandoval, Texas

This heart condition is a long-term and chronic problem, that typically consists of each side of the heart. However, the condition might affect only the right side of the heart (right-sided heart failure) or the left side (left-sided heart failure). The problem takes place when your heart muscles are weak and can't pump the blood out from the heart effectively (systolic heart failure) or when your heart muscles are rigid and don't fill up with blood very easily (diastolic heart failure).

In all forms of heart failure, the heart becomes incapable of properly 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 often develop slowly and gradually, however, they can develop suddenly in some cases such as following a heart attack or any other heart problem. Initially symptoms could be seen only during periods of activity. As time passes, symptoms can appear 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
  • Excess weight
  • Appetite loss, indigestion
  • Irregular or rapid pulse
  • 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 might notice the infant sweats in the course of feedings or along with other activities.

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Many people could have no obvious signs and symptoms. In these people, symptoms might only appear with an accompanying condition such as anemia, arrhythmias (abnormal heart beat or rhythm), hyperthyroidism, illness with high fever, and kidney disease.

Congestive heart failure is usually the consequence of a major complication of some chronic diseases such as 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 Sandoval, Texas

Diagnosis can start with the observation of the previously mentioned signs and symptoms and should be verified through an evaluation by a physician. 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 using a radiopaque contrast medium), heart catheterization, nuclear heart scan, and 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 superb option. Call us at 512-206-2988  today to make an appointment.

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