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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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Heart palpitations, left arm pain, chest pressure, shortness of breath. What are these symptoms of?

Heart palpitations, left arm pain, chest pressure, shortness of breath. What are these symptoms of?

It can be signs and: Symptoms of coronary artery disease. If symptoms worse during activities and improve with rest the probability of heart problem increase. Do u have any risk factors? Obesity, smoking, high blood pressure and chol, family history, sedentary lifestyle, diabetes, kidney problems? Each of the above will increase probability too. Get doctor evaluation asap for a better history and physical. ...Read more

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What are the congestive heart failure signs and symptoms?

What are the congestive heart failure signs and symptoms?

SOB & edema: Sob & edema are typical...Chest x-ray & echocardiogram are usually part of the initial evaluation. ...Read more

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What are the signs and symptoms of left sided heart failure associated with pulmonary congestion?

What are the signs and symptoms of left sided heart failure associated with pulmonary congestion?

Orthopnea: Fatlgue, shortness of breath on lying down or nocturnal shortness of breath, in severe cases, coughing up pink frothy mucous , restlessness, cold sweats etc. ...Read more

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Can the thyroid cause symptoms of heart pain and shortness of breath?

Can the thyroid cause symptoms of heart pain and shortness of breath?

Yes: If the thyroid is overactive it can cause palpitations and cause blood pressure to go up. The heart can beat faster. One can feel discomfort as a result. These changes can also make one feel short of breath. If the thyroid function is really low, fluid can build up around the heart (rare) & the heart rate can be slow. This can cause shortness of breath too. ...Read more

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What are the signs and symptoms of left sided heart failure with pulmonary congestion?

What are the signs and symptoms of left sided heart failure with pulmonary congestion?

Heart failure: Pulmonary congestion caused by fluid build-up in the lungs leading to shortness of breath is the main symptom of left-sided heart failure. This can progress to lower extremity swelling and abdominal bloating as the disease process worsens. ...Read more

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What are the signs and symptoms congestive heart failure?

What are the signs and symptoms congestive heart failure?

Shortness of breath: Shortness of breath, initially with exercise, and in more severe cases even at rest. This may be worse when lying flat and may cause awakening with shortness of breath. Frequent nighttime awakening to pass urine may occur. Swelling of the ankles may develop, engorgement of veins in the neck may be seen. In very severe cases, there may even be swelling of the abdomen. ...Read more

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Are chills and chest pains signs of heart problem?

Are chills and chest pains signs of heart problem?

Symptoms: Chills and chest pains can emanate from conditions which affect the heart, but using such symptoms to establish a specific diagnosis without more historical info and a full physical exam and some testing is not the manner in which medicine is practiced. If you feel you may have heart disease, or are concerned about how you are feeling you should be seen and evaluated professionally. Good luck. ...Read more

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What are the signs and symptoms of left sided heart failure due associated with pulmonary congestion?

What are the signs and symptoms of left sided heart failure due associated with pulmonary congestion?

Congestion: Breathlessness, especially with exertion. Easy fatigability. Impaired exercise capacity. These are early signs. Without treatment, one becomes short of breath resting, especially when lying down (orthopnea) and at night (paroxysmal nocturnal dyspnea). Eventually the right heart also fails leading to swelling (edema), abdominal fluid (ascites and effusions), and cachexia (wasting). ...Read more

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Pulmonary hypertension. Would symptoms present before right sided heart enlargement began?

Pulmonary hypertension. Would symptoms present before right sided heart enlargement began?

PH: While symptoms of pulmonary hypertension (ph) often correlate with right ventricular size and function, it possible to have symptoms, particularly with heavy exertion, early in the disease state. ...Read more

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Symptoms of angina?

Symptoms of angina?

Typical symptoms: The common symptom is a pain, ache, discomfort or tightness that you feel across the front of the chest when you exert yourself. . You may also, or just, feel the pain in your arms, jaw, neck or stomach. An angina pain does not usually last long. It will usually ease within 10 minutes when you rest. If you take some glyceryl trinitrate, it should go within 1-2 minutes ...Read more

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Can heart attack symptoms disappear after vomiting? Symptoms were extreme pain in chest all around through back. Shortness of breath. Sweating, vomit.

Can heart attack symptoms disappear after vomiting? Symptoms were extreme pain in chest all around through back. Shortness of breath. Sweating, vomit.

MI SYMPTOMS vomit: 52 F asks if heart attack Sx disappear after vomiting? ANS: usually not, so suggests due to GI problem such as hiatal hernia, reflux, gas(bad gas), Thanksgiving gorge, food poisoning, to mention a few. But recall that women do not have same Sx of heart attack as men. I would call primary care team. Or if u have had heart attack with these symptoms in past go to ER. Now would be good. ...Read more

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Tiny vsd.Cardiac workup shows possible past heart attack.Having heart cath 4 constant chest pressure/shortness of breath.Possible discomfort causes?

Tiny vsd.Cardiac workup shows possible past heart attack.Having heart cath 4 constant chest pressure/shortness of breath.Possible discomfort causes?

Chest pain not from : Chest pain possibly from ASHD or blocked coronary arteries. What showed possible old heart attack if this was an ekg this is not that accurate. If it was and echocardiogram or cardiac sonogram that showed prior heart muscle damage that is probable accurate. Cardiac cath should tell you if you have blocked arteries and how significant they are. If borderline blockages are found a wire can be passed. ...Read more

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Need info on sign and symptoms of congestive heart failure?

Need info on sign and symptoms of congestive heart failure?

Symptoms: Include shortness of breath at rest and with exertion , particularly when lying down, swelling in the ankles and feet, fatigue to name a few.See your doctor ...Read more

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Climbing hill symptoms:shortness of breath heart heaviness sweating. Admitted to hospital ekg, stress test, no heart attack. Angiogram no blockage? Could it be related to gerd? Treatment type of dr.

Climbing hill symptoms:shortness of breath heart heaviness sweating. Admitted to hospital ekg, stress test, no heart attack.  Angiogram no blockage? Could it be related to gerd?  Treatment type of dr.

More info needed....: Are you overweight? Do you exercise regularly? Do you ever exert yourself strenuously? You've listed symptoms associated with someone being out of shape exerting themselves... Thankfully you didn't have a coronary. Time to make a plan with your physician to take care of yourself by loosing weight (if necessary), eating right, and starting a cardiovascular workout routine. All the best. ...Read more

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What are heart attack symptoms?

What are heart attack symptoms?

Chest Pain: The following are suspicious for a heart attack; tight, dull, or heavy pain lasting longer than 15 minutes in the chest (retrosternal or left chest); and/or arms, back or jaw associated with nausea and vomiting, marked sweating, breathlessness ...Read more

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Edema compression hose causing life threatining shortness of breath, sweating, fainting, cause of this?

Edema compression hose causing life threatining shortness of breath, sweating, fainting, cause of this?

NO: Compression hose per se doesn't cause this - i would be concerned that application of the hose dislodged a pre-existing deep vein thrombosis (clot) with resulting pulmonary embolism (clot to the lung). This must be addressed at a hospital. A spiral ct angiogram of the lung is the test of choice. ...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?

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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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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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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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

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I have vein swelling near the heart region. What can I do?

I have vein swelling near the heart region. What can I do?

First step is: To get evaluated by your physician to see of this is benign or something more serious. ...Read more

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What does it mean when swelling diminishes after the leg is elevated above heart level?

What does it mean when swelling diminishes after the leg is elevated above heart level?

Dependent edema: The most common sites for dependent edema are the arms, legs, and ankles. There are several health factors that can cause this type of swelling. It can be caused by congestive heart failure, other cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, liver disease, or lung disease. See your physician for further discussion. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/imagepages/8857.htm ...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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My husband has swelling on the right side of his chest.He is a heart patient and has had two heart attacks before...What does the swelling indicate?

Skin / muscle / bone: Cardiac disease does not present with "swelling on the chest." I am not sure what the swelling represents, but I am most sure that it is outside his chest cavity and related to skin, muscle or bone. Your husband is unfortunate to have had heart disease while you are still at such a young age. ...Read more

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My eyes swelling it looks like going out, i have a heart palpitation?

My eyes swelling it looks like going out, i have a heart palpitation?

Exopthalmos/ tachy: Go to a doctor or ER today and get your thyroid hormone level checked . Go today. They will likely do an EKG as well to make sure the heart has normal rhythm. ...Read more