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Heart Failure Sandy, TX

Congestive heart failure is a serious problem among again people in the Sandy area. The symptoms typically start slowly and might in the beginning be seen only during periods of activity. However, as time passes, difficulty breathing and other symptoms might be found even during periods of rest. Congestive heart failure is a condition in which the heart becomes an inefficient or fragile pump.

Heart Conditions in Sandy, TX

This heart condition is a long-term and chronic condition, which typically will involve both sides 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 problem occurs when your heart muscles are weak 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 all forms 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 and gradually, however, they are able to develop abruptly in some cases such as following a heart attack or other heart problem. Initially symptoms might be seen only in times of activity. After a while, 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
  • Inflammation in legs, feet and ankles (pooling of blood)
  • Inflammation of the abdomen
  • Putting on weight
  • Loss of appetite, heartburn
  • Irregular or rapid heartbeat
  • Low blood pressure  

    Other symptoms may include:

  • Decreased in alertness or ability to concentrate
  • 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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Some individuals could have no apparent symptoms. In these people, symptoms might only show up 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 consequence 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 can include an infection that weakens the heart muscle.

Congestive Heart Failure Diagnosis and Treatment Sandy, TX

Diagnosis may begin with the observation of the aforementioned symptoms and should be verified through an evaluation by a doctor. The evaluation can 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 an individual needs cardiologists to address a heart related problem 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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