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Heart Failure Whitestone, Texas

Congestive heart failure is a serious problem among again people in the Whitestone area. The symptoms usually begin slowly and might initially be seen only during times of activity. However, with time, shortness of breath and other symptoms might 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 Whitestone, Texas

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

In all forms of heart failure, the heart becomes incompetent at 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 often develop slowly, however, they can develop abruptly in certain cases including following a heart attack or any other heart problem. Initially symptoms might be seen only during times 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 exertion or when lying down
  • Cough
  • Inflammation in legs, feet and ankles (pooling of blood)
  • Inflammation of the abdomen
  • Putting on weight
  • Appetite loss, indigestion
  • Irregular or rapid pulse
  • Low blood pressure  

    Other symptoms might include:

  • Decreased in alertness or ability to focus
  • Decreased urine output
  • Nighttime urination
  • Nausea and vomiting

If congestive heart failure is present in an infant, a parent or guardian may notice the infant sweats during feedings or with other activities.

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

Congestive heart failure is often the result of a significant complication of some chronic illnesses 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 Whitestone, TX

Diagnosis may start with the observation of the previously mentioned symptoms and should be verified 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 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 might 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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