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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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Dr. Joseph Shen
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Heart Failure (Definition)

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


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Why does only left-sided heart failure cause pulmonary edema?

Why does only left-sided heart failure cause pulmonary edema?

Not the only: Pul edema is fluid in the lungs due to a shift of fluid from the veins and capillaries to the sorroundings lung tissues.. This can happen when the pressure in the veins rises as in left heart failure or when the veins become leaky because of infection,inflammation toxic chemicals and drugs,etc. The other conditions include high altitude,sudden chest decompression,drowning. ...Read more

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Why does heart failure lead to edema in the ankles?

Why does heart failure lead to edema in the ankles?

Heart and kidneys: In the patient with congestive heart failure, the body senses that the heart is not working correctly. It sends a message the kidneys to hold onto salt and water that the patient eats and drinks. This excess salt and water builds up and becomes apparent in the legs, belly, and lungs. ...Read more

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Why does right-sided heart failure causes peripheral edema?

Pressure & gravity: Blood from the legs (and rest of the body as well) returns to the right heart by large veins, goes through the lungs to oxygenate and then into the left heart from where it is pumped to the rest of the body. When the right heart fails there is build up of back pressure on the veins and fluid seeps and accumulates in the dependent areas which is the legs and the gut. ...Read more

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Anyone who is afflicted with congestive heart failure & edema that has it go away with diet change?

Anyone who is afflicted with congestive heart failure & edema that has it go away with diet change?

Doesn't cure: Diet can certainly make congestive heart failure worse. Salt needs to be closely watched as it will precipitate fluid retention making the congestive failure even worse. Although diet can improve symptoms of congestive heart failure the problem still exist so continued care needs to be applied. With time the heart can improve with regards to its function so make sure medications are continued. ...Read more

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Does congestive heart failure cause axilla edema?

Does congestive heart failure cause axilla edema?

CHF: CHF would have to have right heart failure to cause axillary edema. Some obstruction of venous outflow from the upper extremity would also work towards causing axillary edema. ...Read more

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If told I have right side heart failure and it's causing severe edema and trouble breathing, am i going to die? Is it fixable? I'm so scared.

If told I have right side heart failure  and it's causing severe edema and trouble breathing, am i going to die? Is it fixable? I'm so  scared.

It might be fixable: R. Heart failure might be secondary to the lung problems including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or pulmonary hypertension or to the heart valvular problems such as pulmonary valvular stenosis or secondary to the failure of the l. Side of the heart. The valvular problems are usually correctable through surgery. The pulmonary cause of the r. Heart failure usually respond to medical treatme. ...Read more

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Do snris cause edema or weight gain or worsening heart failure?

Do snris cause edema or weight gain or worsening heart failure?

Yes: It causes those but, remember that do not blame solely the drugs. ...Read more

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How long does it take for pulmonary edema to worsen to heart failure?

How long does it take for pulmonary edema to worsen to heart failure?

Depends...: Pulmonary edema can be caused by heart failure so heart failure is already present when the pulmonary edema is diagnosed. If the pulmonary edema is from some other etiology besides heart failure, the onset of right-sided heart failure depends on how high the pulmonary vascular pressures are and the reason for the pulmonary edema. ...Read more

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Dr. Peter Ihle
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Edema (Definition)

Fluid in the tissues, either caused by something local to the swollen area like an injury or inflammation, or from the body's retention of water. Gravity brings the fluid to the feet & legs in that case. As a general rule, if one foot is swollen, something is wrong with the foot. If both feet are swollen, it's not the feet, but water ...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