Congestive Heart Failure – Texoma Medical Center
Congestive heart failure is actually a weakening of the heart. The heart muscle itself is weakened and so, therefore, with each beat of the heart your blood is not being pumped out as efficiently and that causes blood and fluid, therefore, to back up into places like your lungs and of course your lower legs. Some signs that you may have congestive heart failure are shortness of breath; inability to lay flat at night when you’re sleeping; waking up at night, gasping for air and having to sit up and maybe sleeping in a recliner; swelling of the legs, of both legs, that won’t go away and is continuing to get worse. Those are indications that you might need to be evaluated by your physician. Here at TMC, we have two cardiac catheterization labs where we do thousands of procedures every year including stents in the heart, all over the body for peripheral vascular disease, implantable devices such as defibrillators and pacemakers. We have open-heart surgery, including beating heart surgery, as well as valve replacement all provided right here at TMC. TMC has been recognized as a nationally accredited chest pain center which means we have met stringent guidelines set forth by the accrediting agency to show that we provide top quality care here at TMC.