Heart Failure West Lake Hills, Texas
Congestive heart failure is a serious problem among again people in the West Lake Hills area. The signs and symptoms generally begin slowly and may initially be seen only during times of activity. However, with time, shortness of breath along with other signs and symptoms might be recognized even during times of rest. Congestive heart failure is a condition in which the heart becomes an inefficient or fragile pump.
Heart Conditions in West Lake Hills, Texas
This heart condition is a long-term and chronic problem, that typically includes both sides 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 develops when your heart muscles are fragile and can't pump the blood out of the heart successfully (systolic heart failure) or whenever your heart muscles are stiff and do not fill with blood 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, particularly during times of physical exercise or exertion.
Congestive Heart Failure Symptoms and Causes
Congestive heart failure symptoms often develop slowly, however, they can develop abruptly in some cases such as following a heart attack or other heart problem. Initially symptoms might be seen only during periods 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
- Inflammation in hip and legs, feet and ankles (pooling of blood)
- Inflammation of the abdomen
- Excess weight
- Loss of appetite, 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 in the course of feedings or with other activities.
Some individuals could have no obvious signs and symptoms. In these individuals, symptoms may only appear with an accompanying condition such as anemia, arrhythmias (abnormal heart beat or rhythm), hyperthyroidism, infection with high fever, and kidney disease.
Congestive heart failure is often the consequence of a serious complication of some chronic diseases such as coronary artery disease, which is a narrowing of the blood vessels that supply the heart. Other causes might include an infection that weakens the heart muscle.
Congestive Heart Failure Diagnosis and Treatment West Lake Hills, Texas
Diagnosis can start with the observation of the previously mentioned signs and symptoms and should be confirmed through an evaluation by a doctor. The evaluation might 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 using a radiopaque contrast medium), heart catheterization, nuclear heart scan, and blood or urine analysis.
If an individual needs 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.