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Doctor insights on: Heart Swelling Symptoms

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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


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If echocardiogram, full blood count and BNP are normal & there has been no swelling, is heart failure unlikely, even if other symptoms are present?

If echocardiogram, full blood count and BNP are normal & there has been no swelling, is heart failure unlikely, even if other symptoms are present?

Theres different: heart failures. But it is pretty unlikely with all of those being normal. High thyroid, severe thiamine deficiency, severe dehydration can cause heart failure but I think they would still show something (like elevated BNP). ...Read more

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Dad age 76.Admitted w/ swelling legs & kidneys operating at 2.36%.History of heart problems. What can this mean going forward in symptoms/treatments?

Dad age 76.Admitted w/ swelling  legs & kidneys operating at 2.36%.History of heart problems. What can this mean going forward in symptoms/treatments?

Depends : The swelling could be from decompensated heart failure with decreased blood flow subsequently to the kidneys (causing cardiorenal syndrome) in which the kidneys will improve slightly when the heart failure is appropriately treated and compensated. The swelling could also be kidney related if the heart disease is chronic. If this is the cause it depends if this kidney injury is acute and reversible. ...Read more

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I have rapid weight gain, heart palpitations, swelling and all B12 toxicity symptoms. I tested and my B12 is abnormally high, leukemia isin my genes?

I have rapid weight gain, heart palpitations, swelling and all B12 toxicity symptoms. I tested and my B12 is abnormally high, leukemia isin my genes?

Possibly: It is possible that cyano-cobalamine might be the cause of symptoms since it releases cyanide but methylcobalamine the preferred form, should not cause side effects. If stopping the b-12 supplement gets rid of your symptoms that would be evidence that the supplement is the culprit. Possibly you need other b vitamins for b-12 to work properly like methyl folate (folic acid) and b-6. Look at your life style. ...Read more

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Heart flopping and racing, I have been taking Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) 20mg BID fit about 3 years. Other symptoms include swelling along shin bone on right leg only?

Heart flopping and racing, I have been taking Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) 20mg BID fit about 3 years. Other symptoms include swelling along shin bone on right leg only?

Stop Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) : Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) is harmful to your brain cells and very addictive, there are many ways to treat the lack of focus and energy that are not harmful, you will have a much happier and healthful life by seeking out an addiction specialist, stay clear of any one who wishes to continue this medication! Also you need to see a physician about your leg which may be a serious unrelated problem, please take care! ...Read more

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My heart is swelling and I have severe pain. What can I do?

My heart is swelling and I have severe pain. What can I do?

ER: With this limited data, i interpret severe chest pain. In that case, call 911 or go to an er as soon as possible is the right answer. ...Read more

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Why has my heart been skipping beats? Parts of my body are swelling.?

Why has my heart been skipping beats? Parts of my body are swelling.?

Unrelated: Everybody's heart skips beats. Avoid nicotine, caffeine, and alcohol. Reduce stress and get plenty of sleep. If you're still bothered, a 24 hour recording of your heart and and echo (plus some routine lab work) would be indicated. Swelling is a completely unrelated problem. If you're female, monthly hormonal changes may be the culprit. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my heart has been skipping beats and parts of my body are swelling.?

What do you suggest if my heart has been skipping beats and parts of my body are swelling.?

Where's swelling?: Palpitations may be benign however if you have progressive swelling in your legs, you should see you doctor soon as this may be an indication of heart disease. Irregular heart rhythm with structural heart disease is a more serious problem. ...Read more