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Heart Failure Webberville, TX

Congestive heart failure is a serious problem among again people in the Webberville area. The signs and symptoms normally start slowly and gradually and might initially be seen only during periods of exercise. However, with time, shortness of breath and other signs and symptoms may be discovered even during periods of rest. Congestive heart failure is a condition in which the heart becomes an inefficient or fragile pump.

Heart Conditions in Webberville, TX

This heart condition is a long-term and chronic condition, that typically involves each side of the heart. However, the condition might affect only the right side of the heart (right-sided heart failure) or perhaps the left side (left-sided heart failure). The problem takes place when your heart muscles are fragile and cannot pump the blood out from the heart effectively (systolic heart failure) or when your heart muscles are stiff and don't fill up with blood easily (diastolic heart failure).

In all forms of heart failure, the heart becomes incompetent at properly pumping oxygen-rich blood to the rest of the body, particularly during times of physical exercise or exertion.

Congestive Heart Failure Symptoms and Causes

Congestive heart failure symptoms tend to develop slowly, however, they can develop suddenly in certain cases including following a heart attack or other heart problem. Initially symptoms may be seen only during periods of activity. After a while, symptoms can appear 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, indigestion
  • Irregular or rapid pulse
  • 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 in the course of feedings or with other activities.

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Many people may have no obvious symptoms. In these people, symptoms might only show up with an accompanying condition such as anemia, arrhythmias (abnormal heart beat or rhythm), hyperthyroidism, infection with high fever, and also kidney disease.

Congestive heart failure is often the consequence of a significant complication of some chronic diseases 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 Webberville, TX

Diagnosis may start with the observation of the aforementioned signs and symptoms and should be confirmed through an assessment by a doctor. The evaluation may 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 using 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 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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