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Could ankle swelling that gets very painful during exercise be a sign of congestive heart failure?

Could ankle swelling that gets very painful during exercise be a sign of congestive heart failure?

Yes: Swelling in ankles can many things. Heartfailure is just one. Gout, arthritis, venous insufficiency, hypothyroidism, are just a few others you need a full exam with detailed history along with labs, cxr, ekg and possibly an echo of the heart. ...Read more

Dr. Bennett Werner
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Congestive Heart Failure (Definition)

Otherwise known simply as heart failure, is a condition in which the heart muscle is weakened. It may be receiving inadequate blood flow, its valves might be malfunctioning or the heart muscle might have thickened or stiffened. As a result, the heart, which is a pump, cannot supply the body with ...Read more


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Have two incidents of fainting and ankle swelling should I get my heart checked?

Have two incidents of fainting and ankle swelling should I get my heart checked?

Yes: You need a full history and physical to determine the cause and not just a heart check. Based on your history and risk factors additional testing may be needed. ...Read more

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Ankle swelling kidney creatinine. 68 bun 13 ratio was 19.1 which is close to high ratio does that mean kidney or heart issues?

Ankle swelling kidney creatinine. 68 bun 13 ratio was 19.1 which is close to high ratio does that mean kidney or heart issues?

Neither: The BUN and creatinine are normal and the ratio is not important in your labs. The numbers are as good as they get. A good physical exam and history is needed to determine the cause of your ankle edema. The numbers don't point to kidney disease and work up heart disease need to see your MD. ...Read more

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I have swollen ankles and my right leg I had a iregular heart beat 4 years ago I went and had a arterial abolation and every thing has been fine the swelling goes down over night I had a ultra sound for my heart and an akg about 3 weeks ago and every thi

I have swollen ankles and my right leg I had a iregular heart beat 4 years ago I went and had a arterial abolation and every thing has been fine the swelling goes down over night I had a ultra sound for my heart and an akg about 3 weeks ago and every thi

The: The good news is that your heart is not failing, which would have been detected on the ultrasound of your heart. When this occurs your heart does does pump blood effectively which ultimately results in fluid accumulation in your lower extremities.
As far as why you have swollen ankles/legs its hard to say. You may need to decrease your salt intake. Also if you have any pain, redness, or tenderness in your leg (s) then your doctor may need to do an ultrasound of your lower extremities in order to rule out blood clots.
I suggest you schedule a follow up visit with your doctor in order to investigate this problem further.
Best of luck. ...Read more

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How does congestive heart failure cause edema (foot swelling)?

How does congestive heart failure cause edema (foot swelling)?

Low pressure,: Water leaks out of the vessels and can not be pumped out of the legs due to low pressure. Low pressure also reduces the blood flow to the kidneys, resulting in activation of hormones that cause fluid retention. ...Read more

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I have congestive heart failure and I have never had swelling of my feet but lately my feet swell a little some afternoons. Is this connected to CHF?

I have congestive heart failure and I have never had swelling of my feet but lately my feet swell a little some afternoons. Is this connected to CHF?

CHF: If you have right sided failure then swelling of your feet can be part of the picture. Some medications can also cause lower extremity swelling. Your doctor can advise you given having more knowledge of your diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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How could a right sided heart failure lead to swelling of the ankles but left sided would not?

How could a right sided heart failure lead to swelling of the ankles but left sided would not?

The right side of: Heart receives blood from the body so if it is not functioning properly it won't be able to receive well and hence there will be a back flow and this usually ends up in the lower extremity as gravity will then rule.
The left side of the heart allows the blood to flow to the rest of the body so if its not functioning it won't make it out or pump it. (Rather simplistic explanation, but hope you get ...Read more

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What would cause sudden pain and swelling on the top of left foot and ankle, no known injury and no heart prob.

What would cause sudden pain and swelling on the top of left foot and ankle, no known injury and no heart prob.

Two causes that come: To my mind, without any injury (fall or something heavy falling on the foot or ankle) are Gout or Pseudogout. Others include maybe an insect bite.
See your PCP to have a blood test and even some fluid removed from the swollen part might provide an answer (Dx). ...Read more

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After spraining my ankle still have lot of swelling after 13th day stinging pain also verry tiered and fast heart beat?

After spraining my ankle still have lot of swelling after 13th day stinging pain also verry tiered and fast heart beat?

Ankle injury: You should go & have your ankle/foot evaluated via your doc. If you cannot walk, feeling faint/fatigued, go to the ER to be evaluated sooner than later. Rest, Ice, Compression & Elevation (RICE therapy) of the foot/ankle while you await doctor evaluation could help. You will likely need an x-ray looking for fractures. Take Aleve (naproxen) or Motrin for the pain. See your doc sooner than later. ...Read more

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Bad swelling in both Feet/Ankles pitting very bad. Heart, kidney, liver are fine. What Dr should I see about this? What other problems could this be

Bad swelling in both Feet/Ankles pitting very bad. Heart, kidney, liver are fine. What Dr should I see about this? What other problems could this be

Pitting edema: Pitting edema, yes, is seen with CHF, COPD, pulmonary hypertension, right heart failure, liver impairment, kidney disease, particularly protein-losing kidney diseases with nephrosis, and with venous insufficiency of legs. See your PCP to be assured all of the above have indeed been ruled out; venous exam with doppler ultrasound is needed next - work with your PCP - referrals will be done as needed ...Read more

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I am feeling fatigue, occasionally dizziness swelling of calves&ankles., occasionally leg cramps. Heart cath was good, leg circulation test was good what could be wrong

I am feeling fatigue, occasionally dizziness swelling of calves&ankles., occasionally leg cramps. Heart cath was good, leg circulation test was good what could be wrong

You need to visit: Your internist, for a complete history and physical. Blood work sounds like a good idea as well. Do you take medications? Any medical conditions? Cramping in legs at night? Or while walking? There are more questions that need to be answered.....To help you. ...Read more

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Hubby has swelling all over body arms/legs/ankles. Went to ER. Heart/kidneys/lungs all fine. No answer. Gave anti inflammatory and sent home. Benadryl helps but he can't stop it. Must take every 6 hr. Primary had no answer. Out of town 4 work. Help.?

Hubby has swelling all over body arms/legs/ankles. Went to ER. Heart/kidneys/lungs all fine. No answer. Gave anti inflammatory and sent home. Benadryl helps but he can't stop it. Must take every 6 hr. Primary had no answer. Out of town 4 work. Help.?

Go to ER: This calls for a second opinion if nothing else. If there is any problem with his breathing, go back to the ER NOW. If just a little uncomfortable, call the doctor who is on call for your vacationing primary. Best wishes ...Read more

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Why do I have swollen ankles? I am diabetic and had a heart attack 6 years ago.

Why do I have swollen ankles? I am diabetic and had a heart attack 6 years ago.

Bad valves: You may have poor valves within your blood vessels causing fluid accumulation around ankle.
See your doctor, compression stockings may help. ...Read more

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Can you have a normal EKG if you have heart problems? What types of heart problems would not show up on an EKG? Only symptom is swollen ankles.

Can you have a normal EKG if you have heart problems? What types of heart problems would not show up on an EKG? Only symptom is swollen ankles.

Ekg: An EKG is an eletrical tracing of the heart activity. Damaged muscle or conduction tissue creates an abnormal EKG. Cardiac enlargement can be present with a normal EKG. So can early coronary disease. And so can a valve disease. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of congestive heart failure if you had it would you be able to walk 3 miles in an hour in a mall. Level. No incline no ankle swellin?

What are symptoms of congestive heart failure if you had it would you be able to walk 3 miles in an hour in a mall. Level. No incline no ankle swellin?

CHF: Congestive heart failure patients often have shortness of breath/coughs, swollen legs, need more pillows at night and may notice heart palpitations. Your doctor can run tests to determine if you have this condition. In the early stages, you might be able to exert yourself more, but as time goes on, it becomes more difficult to do simple tasks like walking around a mall. ...Read more

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Swollen ankles from tight socks or heart disease, how can I tell?

Swollen ankles from tight socks or heart disease, how can I tell?

Swollen ankles: Generally it is easy for your doctor to tell. If you don't have any problems with shortness of breath or any other symptoms, it isn't likely your heart but there is no easy way when you aren't a doctor to know. ...Read more

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Does congestive heart failure on right or left lead to swollen feet and ankles? Why?

Does congestive heart failure on right or left lead to swollen feet and ankles? Why?

Yes: Right sided heart failure (which is often present in combination with left heart failure) does. Blood returning to the right ventricle backs up, overfilling the inferior vena cava and all veins draining into it. Hormonal changes in the kidney cause fluid retention further engorging dependent tissues (mediated by gravity). This is a simple explanation: whole books have been written about this. ...Read more

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My 48 year old husband has had swollen ankles for the past 3 days. Heart is good, creatinine fine, no urinalysis done. On Lasix (furosemide) trial. Suggestions?

My 48 year old husband has had swollen ankles for the past 3 days. Heart is good, creatinine fine, no urinalysis done. On Lasix (furosemide) trial. Suggestions?

More info: First I would do urinalysis, kidney issues can cause swelling. Next, what meds is he on? Any new ones? Amlodipine (norvasc) is a common one that when added or increased can cause swelling, as well as other meds. ...Read more

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After 2nd round r-chop, swollen ankles, rapid hr. Are these signs of heart failure? Why doesn't cardiologist order echocardiogram?

After 2nd round r-chop, swollen ankles, rapid hr. Are these signs of heart failure? Why doesn't cardiologist order echocardiogram?

Valid Question.: Swollen ankles and rapid heart rate might be signs of heart failure. They merit a careful history and physical exam as well as ekg, chest x-rays and an echocardiogram. Hypertension and valve problems are high on the list of likely causes; however, in the case of a person exposed to a cardiotoxic chemotherapy drug, one must consider this as well. The toxic drug effect is cumulative; act quickly. ...Read more

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Atrial fibrillation for 3 years and swollen ankles. Does swollen ankles mean heart failure? Only breathless climbing stairs. Thanks

Atrial fibrillation for 3 years and swollen ankles. Does swollen ankles mean heart failure? Only breathless climbing stairs. Thanks

One sign of heart fa: Swollen ankles (& increase in water weight) is one sign of heart failure (HF). Being short of breath doing usual activities is another. Atrial fibrillation & heart failure often co-exist: it's a chicken-or-egg debate about which sets of which. But given your description, you should get checked out by a physician (Cardiologist) or use HealthTap Prime to sort this out long-term. HF can be treated! ...Read more

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Congestive heart failure is causing clear fluid to leak through my skin on both legs from ankle to mid-calf. Treatment?

Congestive heart failure is causing clear fluid to leak through my skin on both legs from ankle to mid-calf. Treatment?

Or better Rx: You probably need better heart failure treatment. See your cardiologist. Additionally, make sure you are taking your medications regularly, and eat a low sodium diet. ...Read more

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Docs have been testing for heart prob woke up with swelling in L leg then later in my R arm should I Goto hosp? 1st time swelling has happened

Docs have been testing for heart prob woke up with swelling in L leg then later in my R arm should I Goto hosp? 1st time swelling has happened

Yes: If you have ben having tests done, I assume you have been getting IVs or blood draws etc done, along with possibly being more sedentary lately… I would want to make sure you do not have a blood clot in your leg or an infection or hematoma in your arm after an IV or blood draw. The swelling in one leg and one arm are not typical for a heart problem such as heart failure. ...Read more

Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Exercise Or Physical Activity (Definition)

Exercise is a physical activity that is completed to maintain or improve health. Benefits of exercise include weight maintenance, improving mood, increasing energy, preventing or controlling chronic diseases, promoting better sleeping, and improving sex life and libido. ...Read more