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A 29-year-old female asked:

How can lower legs edema caused by cardiac issue be treated? how long the edema/ swelling will goes away? and, how to reassure that it is not dvt?

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Dr. Robert Uyeda
General Surgery 46 years experience
Leg elevation,: sodium and fluid restriction, diuretic meds, and inotropic meds. Usually takes some time for it to go away, few days to weeks, even if optimally treated. DVT is usually unilateral and painful/tender. If edema is bilateral, occurs spontaneously in a patient with heart failure, and is not painful/tender, it is most likely not DVT. Ask your doctor for details.
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