Caring for the hearts of Central Texas Since 1971

(254) 399-5400

Caring for the Hearts of Central Texas Since 1971 (254) 399-5400

Heart Failure

Congestive heart failure (CHF) is a condition caused by a weakening of the heart muscle that prevents it from pumping efficiently. In general, heart failure is a chronic condition where the heart does not pump enough blood to meet the body’s needs. This causes symptoms such as fatigue, breathlessness and fluid build-up in the legs and feet. Heart failure can be due to various cardiac diseases. These include coronary artery disease, which can weaken the heart muscle because not enough blood reaches it, and uncontrolled high blood pressure, which stresses the heart muscle by requiring it to beat against higher pressure. Abnormal heart valves that do not fully open or have significant leaking can also overwork the heart. Other diseases that require the heart work harder, such as anemia, diabetes mellitus, lung disease and thyroid disease, can also cause heart failure. Once heart failure occurs, the body may respond by producing hormones and chemical substances to try to get the heart to beat stronger, but adversely affect the condition. Congestive heart failure is a progressive disorder that must be controlled not only by treating the heart, but also the circulation, the lungs, the neuroendocrine system and other organs. If there are other conditions present, such as abnormal kidney function, hypertension, vascular disease or diabetes, it can be even more difficult to treat.

Our Central Texas Locations

Call (254) 399-5400 for Appointments

Waco Cardiology Associates
7125 New Sanger Avenue, Ste. A
Waco, TX 76712
Clifton Medical Clinic
201 Posey Ave
Clifton, Texas 76634
Coryell Specialty Clinic
1507 W Main St.
Gatesville, Texas 76528
Family Practice Rural Health Clinic
303 North Brown
Hamilton, Texas 76531
Hill Regional Hospital
1323 East Franklin Street, Suite 103
Hillsboro, Texas 76645
Parkview Rural Health Clinic
514 S. Bonham, Suite B
Mexia, Texas 76667
Lake Whitney Physicians Clinic
202 East Jefferson
Whitney, Texas 76692
Limestone Family Medicine Center
701 McClintic Drive
Groesbeck, Texas 76642