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A 18-year-old female asked:

Why is there an edema when you have cardiomyopathy? i was given a diuretics. now why do you think is it that i was given a potassium chloride?

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Dr. Robert Henson
Cardiology 32 years experience
Poor heart function: if the heart is weak, then it does not pump forward well, and fluid backs up in places - ankles/feet; lungs; belly. diuretics help drive excess fluid and salt out of the system. often diurectics also drive potassium out in the urine - hence extra potassium is needed to be taken in.

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Last updated May 28, 2014

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