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Congestive Heart Failure Weeping Legs
If someone with CHF has swelling of leg(also cold to touch and bluish color) s that a normal symptom of having congestive heart failure ?
Heart failure is a complex set of conditions in which the heart "fails" to pump a normal amount of blood with each beat. This can be due to poor squeezing function (systolic heart failure) and/or a stiff heart incapable of filling normally (diastolic heart failure). Common symptoms include swelling and trouble breathing, particularly when ...Read more
Congestive heart failure is causing clear fluid to leak through my skin on both legs from ankle to mid-calf. Treatment?
Is it dangerous to stop taking a diuretic if you have congestive heart failure and high blood pressure and edema in legs?
Stop diuretic?: Why would one want to stop a diuretic with edema? The person in question should discuss the idea of stopping diuretics with the physician who ordered them and have the physician explain to that person why that is not a good idea. Apart from the fact that the edema will not resolve off diuretics, the person's BP will likely worsen off diuretic therapy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Weakened heart: A normal heart will eject (ef) about 60% of blood from main chamber (left ventricle) out aorta and feeds entire body with oxygenated blood. When this muscle chamber, size of fist, develops weakness of some of it's walls (heart attack, eg) or is constricted (pericarditis) etc, then it starts failing, ef decreases, backup pressure develops, fluid builds up in lungs or legs and CHF has occurred. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Fluid buildup: In a healthy patient, the heart and kidneys work together to maintain the appropriate amount of salt and water in the body. In the patient with congestive heart failure, this equilibrium is upset. Salt and water accumulate resulting in shortness of breath, swollen legs, and inability to exercise. This can be the result of problems with the kidney or the heart. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No Symptoms to Fatal: Like most issues, varies very widely. CHF typically progresses slowly over years to decades & is not recognized until symptoms become severe enough that people finally seek help (way down the road) due to shortness of breath (lung edema), leg edema, increasing fatigue, etc. Alternatively, it can be detected early, before symptomatic, in several ways; good quality echocardiography probably best. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Basically, it is a condition in which your heart becomes an inefficient pump. As a result, fluid backs up into your lungs and also your lower extremities. There are numerous causes for this but ischemic heart disease is the most common cause. This can be diagnosed by laboratory test, chest xray, as well as an echo or ...Read more
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