Abdominal pain and heart failure: a grim diagnosis can cause severe pain from sharp abdominal pain to diarrhea,
nausea or vomiting after a meal, when your heart stop sending enough blood in the stomach.
Heart failure is when the heart muscles totally doesn’t pump blood or distribute blood to the various organs in the body as well as to meet the body needs.
Types of heart failure
- Left-sided heart failure. It is the most common type of heart failure.
- Right-sided heart failure.
- Diastolic heart failure.
- Systolic heart failure.
Possible signs of heart failure
- Shorten of breath
- Tiredness(fatigue) and weakness.
- Inflammation in the legs, ankles and feet.
- Loss of appetite.
- Sleep disturbance.
- Severe coughing.
- Abnormal bloating.
- pain or discomfort in the jaw, arm, shoulder, neck.
- Chest pain or discomfort.
Coronary artery disease, high blood pressure, are the major conditions can easily lead to heart failure.
Diagnosis of heart failure
Abdominal pain and heart failure: a grim diagnosis , by seeing your doctor to take a careful medical history, review your symptoms and perform a physical examination. Your doctor will also check to see if you have risk factors for heart failure, such as high blood pressure, coronary artery disease or diabetes.
Your doctor can listen to your lungs for signs of fluid buildup (lung congestion) and your heart for whooshing sounds (murmurs) that may suggest heart failure. The doctor may examine the veins in your neck and check for fluid buildup in your abdomen and legs.
After the physical exam, your doctor may also order some of these tests:
- Blood tests. Blood tests are done to check if there is any can of diseases in the blood that can easily affect the heart.
- Chest X-ray. Chest X-ray are done to show the condition of the pulmonary tract and heart.
- Electrocardiogram (ECG). This easily record the electrical activity across the heart to check if there is any malfunction/problem. It can show the timing and length of the heartbeats.
- Echocardiogram. This test shows the size and structure of the heart and heart valves and blood flow through the heart. An echocardiogram can be used to measure ejection fraction, which shows how well the heart is beating and helps classify heart failure and guides treatment.