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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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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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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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Could edema in the left ankle only be due to a malfunction of a TAVR done last June?/ No history of heart failure before.

Could edema in the left ankle only be due to a malfunction of a TAVR done last June?/ No history of heart failure before.

No: If the TAVR were the cause, it would affect both ankles symmetrically. Look for a localized cause: varicose veins, ruptured Baker's cyst (from an arthritic knee), cellulitis, or a deep vein thrombosis - would be the most common causes. Sometimes, no cause is found. ...Read more

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Why does right-sided heart failure causes swollen feet and ankles?

Why does right-sided heart failure causes swollen feet and ankles?

Pump failure: The right side of your heart accepts blood returning from the extremities. If it can't keep up, blood starts to back up in the extremities and causes swelling. Think of a basement pump. If its not powerful enough to keep up with the water seeping in, the basement will flood. ...Read more

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I had mi 3years ago , on holliday and got sunburnt lower legs and ankles ankles have swollen mostly my right , is this from sunburn or heart failure?

I had mi  3years ago , on holliday and  got sunburnt lower legs and ankles  ankles have swollen mostly my right , is this from sunburn or heart failure?

Good question : Swelling can be caused by a severe sunburn, but more likely this is due to heart related issues. I would make an appointment with my cardiologist. ...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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My knees,legs,ankles, and feet are swollen they say its heart failure?

My knees,legs,ankles, and feet are swollen they say its heart failure?

Heart failure is one: cause of lower extremity swelling. Though there are many causes - too many to list here. I do see you are on ibuprofen - this could also be a cause. I would stop the ibuprofen for a few days and see if it improves. In the meantime elevate your legs and consider compression stockings. See your doctor if your symptoms persist. ...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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I have a spur in the side of my right foot, cannot remove, fluid build up from heart failure, want heal, what can I do?

I have a spur in the side of my right foot,  cannot remove, fluid build up from heart failure, want heal, what can I do?

Custom foot wear: The combination of a bone spur and fluid build up (edema) from heart failure is difficult to treat. Your medical condition makes a surgical procedure high risk. If the spur is causing difficult with shoewear a custom shoe that is prushed out or pad can help. If the spur is due to arthritis a custom shoe with an cushioning orthotic can help for foot spurs or a brace for ankle spurs/arthritis. ...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