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Heart Failure Waterloo

Congestive heart failure is a serious problem among again people in the Waterloo area. The signs and symptoms usually begin gradually and may in the beginning be seen only during times of activity. However, with time, difficulty breathing and other signs and symptoms may be discovered even during times of rest. Congestive heart failure is a condition in which the heart becomes an inefficient or fragile pump.

Heart Conditions in Waterloo

This heart condition is a long-term and chronic condition, that usually involves both sides of the heart. However, the problem might have an effect on only the right side of the heart (right-sided heart failure) or even the left side (left-sided heart failure). The problem develops when your heart muscles are weak and can't pump the blood out of the heart successfully (systolic heart failure) or when your heart muscles are stiff and do not 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 rest of the body, especially during times of physical activity or exertion.

Congestive Heart Failure Symptoms and Causes

Congestive heart failure symptoms often develop slowly and gradually, however, they can develop all of a sudden in certain cases including following a heart attack or other heart problem. Initially symptoms may 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 exertion or when lying down
  • Cough
  • Inflammation in legs, feet and ankles (pooling of blood)
  • Inflammation of the abdomen
  • Weight gain
  • Loss of appetite, upset stomach
  • Irregular or rapid pulse
  • Low blood pressure  

    Other symptoms may 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.

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Some individuals could have no obvious signs or symptoms. In these individuals, 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 one's heart. Other causes can include an infection that weakens the heart muscle.

Congestive Heart Failure Diagnosis and Treatment Waterloo, TX

Diagnosis may start with the observation of the previously mentioned signs and symptoms and should be confirmed through an evaluation by a medical doctor. 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 a person is in need of cardiologists to address a heart related problem 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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