Congestive Heart Failure Specialist

Prime Internal Medicine Associates

Internal Medicine located in Dallas, TX

Almost 6 million Americans have heart failure, a serious and progressive condition. Monitoring your health can catch this condition before too much damage has occurred. Prime Internal Medicine Associates in Dallas provides regular checkups to monitor high blood pressure, diabetes, and other chronic conditions that raise your risk of heart failure. Don’t delay in getting the care you need. Call the office today or schedule a consultation with one of the physicians at Prime Internal Medicine Associates online.

Congestive Heart Failure Q&A

What is congestive heart failure?

Congestive heart failure occurs when your heart isn’t strong enough to meet your body’s needs. Although your heart is still working, it doesn’t pump enough blood. 

Congestive heart failure is chronic and progressive, growing worse over time. It can affect both sides of your heart.

Women are just as likely to develop congestive heart failure as men, but it tends to occur later in life among women. Congestive heart failure is more common if you’re over age 65, overweight, or have had a heart attack. African Americans are at greater risk for this condition than other populations.


What are the signs of congestive heart failure?

Symptoms of congestive heart failure may come and go and range from mild to severe. Common signs include: 

  • Shortness of breath
  • Trouble breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Leg weakness when you’re active
  • Swelling in your ankles, legs, and stomach
  • Weight gain
  • Needing to urinate at night
  • Dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Fainting
  • Rapid or irregular heartbeats
  • Dry, hacking cough
  • Bloating

 

If you're already experiencing these symptoms, schedule an exam at Prime Internal Medicine Associates as soon as possible. Congestive heart failure generally grows worse over time. As it worsens, you may experience different symptoms, or your symptoms become more noticeable.

Who is at risk for congestive heart failure?

 

Certain conditions can raise your risk of developing the condition, such as:

 

  • High blood pressure
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Obesity
  • Family history of congestive heart failure
  • Severe allergic reactions
  • Thyroid disease
  • Diabetes 

 

Since congestive heart failure develops gradually, your Prime Internal Medicine Associates provider encourages you to come in at least once a year for a checkup. If you have one or more of these risk factors, the team may recommend you visit more frequently so they can intervene if signs of congestive heart failure appear.  

How is congestive heart failure treated?

 

Medications and lifestyle changes may improve your quality of life. Prime Internal Medicine Associates refers you to a cardiologist, as appropriate, and works closely with them on your treatment. In some cases, you may need surgery to repair damaged valves or open blocked arteries.  

 

Quality medical care can help prevent or manage congestive heart failure. Call Prime Internal Medicine Associates today or schedule your checkup online.