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Heart Failure The Hills, TX

Congestive heart failure is a serious problem among again people in the The Hills area. The signs and symptoms typically begin slowly and gradually and could initially be seen only during times of activity. However, over time, difficulty breathing and other signs and symptoms could be noticed even during times of rest. Congestive heart failure is a condition in which the heart becomes an inefficient or fragile pump.

Heart Conditions in The Hills, TX

This heart condition is a long-term and chronic condition, that usually will involve both sides of the heart. However, the problem might impact 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 properly (systolic heart failure) or when your heart muscles are stiff and don't fill with blood easily (diastolic heart failure).

In any form of heart failure, the heart becomes incompetent at effectively 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 slowly and gradually, however, they are able to develop suddenly in certain cases including following a heart attack or any other heart problem. Initially symptoms could be seen only in 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
  • Coughing
  • Swelling in legs, feet and ankles (pooling of blood)
  • Swelling of the abdomen
  • Weight gain
  • Appetite loss, heartburn
  • Irregular or rapid heart beat
  • 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 during feedings or with other activities.

Happy Female Patient

A lot of people might have no obvious signs and symptoms. In these men and women, 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 often the result of a significant complication of some chronic illnesses 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 The Hills, Texas

Diagnosis may begin with the observation of the previously mentioned signs and symptoms and should be verified through an assessment by a physician. 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 an individual needs 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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