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Heart Failure Thrall, TX

Congestive heart failure is a serious problem among again people in the Thrall area. The signs and symptoms usually begin slowly and might in the beginning be seen only during times of activity. However, with time, difficulty breathing as well as other signs and symptoms might 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 Thrall, TX

This heart condition is a long-term and chronic problem, that usually includes each side of the heart. However, the problem might affect only the right side of the heart (right-sided heart failure) or the left side (left-sided heart failure). The problem occurs when your heart muscles are fragile and cannot pump the blood out from the heart successfully (systolic heart failure) or when your heart muscles are rigid and don't fill 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 remaining portion of the body, particularly during times of physical exercise or exertion.

Congestive Heart Failure Symptoms and Causes

Congestive heart failure symptoms tend to develop gradually, however, they are able to develop abruptly in some cases including following a heart attack or other heart problem. Initially symptoms might 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
  • Cough
  • Swelling in legs, feet and ankles (pooling of blood)
  • Swelling of the abdomen
  • Putting on weight
  • Appetite loss, heartburn
  • Irregular or rapid heart beat
  • 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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A lot of people may have no apparent signs or symptoms. In these people, symptoms may appear 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 result of a significant complication of some chronic illnesses like 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 Thrall, 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 also blood or urine analysis.

If an individual 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 superb option. Call us at 512-206-2988  today to make an appointment.

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