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A 27-year-old male asked about a 55-year-old male:

Had chest x ray and blood work and ekg 1 month ago. all normal. now have developed pitting edema in legs and ankles. could this be heart failure?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
53 years experience
Edema: Right heart failure is one of the causes of lower extremity edema. There are others such as venous incompetence or obstruction, protein deficiency and others .
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Dr. Susan Rhoads
Family Medicine 40 years experience
Is this new?: If you have developed sudden swelling in both legs, you need to be checked right away to find out what is going on. As Dr. Weisberger says, CHF is just one of the problems. We don't know what meds you are on, or whether you drink alcohol or smoke, or take any meds, so it's not possible to say what else it could be. Since CHF is just one of the possibilities, and a very serious, one, get seen .
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Last updated Dec 6, 2015
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