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Heart Failure Whitestone, TX

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

Heart Conditions in Whitestone, TX

This heart condition is a long-term and chronic problem, that typically includes both sides of the heart. However, the problem may 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 condition occurs when your heart muscles are weak and cannot pump the blood out of the heart successfully (systolic heart failure) or whenever your heart muscles are rigid and don't fill up with blood easily (diastolic heart failure).

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

Congestive Heart Failure Symptoms and Causes

Congestive heart failure symptoms have a tendency to develop slowly and gradually, however, they can develop abruptly in some cases including following a heart attack or any other heart problem. Initially symptoms might be seen only in times of activity. As time passes, 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
  • Swelling in legs, feet and ankles (pooling of blood)
  • Swelling of the abdomen
  • Extra weight
  • Appetite loss, indigestion
  • Irregular or rapid heart beat
  • 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 may notice the infant sweats in the course of feedings or along with other activities.

Happy Female Patient

A lot of people may have no apparent symptoms. In these men and women, symptoms may appear with an accompanying condition like anemia, arrhythmias (abnormal heart beat or rhythm), hyperthyroidism, infection with high fever, and also kidney disease.

Congestive heart failure is often the result of a major complication of some chronic illnesses like coronary artery disease, which is a narrowing of the blood vessels that supply the heart. Other causes can include an infection that weakens the heart muscle.

Congestive Heart Failure Diagnosis and Treatment Whitestone, TX

Diagnosis can start with the observation of the previously mentioned signs and symptoms and should be verified through an assessment by a physician. 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 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 issue 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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