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Heart Failure Spicewood, Texas

Congestive heart failure is a serious problem among again people in the Spicewood area. The signs and symptoms generally start slowly and gradually and may initially be seen only during periods of activity. However, as time passes, difficulty breathing and other signs and symptoms may be found even during periods of rest. Congestive heart failure is a condition in which the heart becomes an ineffective or vulnerable pump.

Heart Conditions in Spicewood, Texas

This heart condition is a long-term and chronic problem, which usually consists of each side of the heart. However, the problem might have an effect on only the right side of the heart (right-sided heart failure) or perhaps the left side (left-sided heart failure). The problem occurs when your heart muscles are fragile and cannot pump the blood out of the heart successfully (systolic heart failure) or when your heart muscles are rigid and don't fill up with blood very easily (diastolic heart failure).

In any form of heart failure, the heart becomes incompetent at properly pumping oxygen-rich blood to the remaining portion of the body, particularly during times of physical exercise or exertion.

Congestive Heart Failure Symptoms and Causes

Congestive heart failure symptoms have a tendency to develop slowly and gradually, however, they are able to develop abruptly in certain cases including following a heart attack or any other heart problem. Initially symptoms may be seen only during times 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
  • Inflammation in hip and legs, feet and ankles (pooling of blood)
  • Inflammation of the abdomen
  • Putting on weight
  • Loss of appetite, indigestion
  • Irregular or rapid pulse
  • Low blood pressure  

    Other symptoms might include:

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

If congestive heart failure is present in an infant, a parent or guardian might notice the infant sweats during feedings or along with other activities.

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Many people may have no apparent symptoms. In these people, symptoms may only show up 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 often the result of a serious complication of some chronic illnesses such as coronary artery disease, which is a narrowing of the blood vessels that supply one's heart. Other causes may include an infection that weakens the heart muscle.

Congestive Heart Failure Diagnosis and Treatment Spicewood, Texas

Diagnosis may start with the observation of the aforementioned signs and symptoms and should be confirmed through an evaluation by a medical doctor. The evaluation may 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 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 problem they might 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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