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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

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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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I had heart failure 2 years ago I am getting breathless and my leg muscles hurt after I have been walking. Is my heart deteriating?

I had heart failure 2  years ago I am getting breathless and my leg muscles hurt after I have been walking. Is my heart deteriating?

Not enough info: That is insufficient information to answer a complicated question. To determine that, a physician would need to examine you, determine what type of heart failure you had, what was the cause, what medications are you taking, and what other signs and symptoms you might have. See your physician. ...Read more

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I am consulting a doctor for heart failure and aortic valvereplacement. I have a feeling of fluid on the ball of my left foot and my big toe feels a little numb. What could be thereason?

I am consulting a doctor for heart failure and aortic valvereplacement. I have a feeling of fluid on the ball of my left foot and my big toe feels a little numb. What could be thereason?

Might be a ganglion: If you notice a localized area of swelling in the ball of the foot, it might be a ganglionic cyst, bursa, or neuroma. Impingement on the nerve can cause numbness. Usually in congestive heart failure, swelling looks more generalized in the feet, ankles and legs. If you press on the swelling, and it leaves a dent, that is fluid retention and might be due to your heart. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of congestive heart failure if you had it would you be able to walk 3 miles in an hour in a mall.Level .No incline no ankle swellin?

What are symptoms of congestive heart failure if you had it would you be able to walk 3 miles in an hour in a mall.Level .No incline  no ankle swellin?

CHF: Congestive heart failure patients often have shortness of breath/coughs, swollen legs, need more pillows at night and may notice heart palpitations. Your doctor can run tests to determine if you have this condition. In the early stages, you might be able to exert yourself more, but as time goes on, it becomes more difficult to do simple tasks like walking around a mall. ...Read more

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Could ankle swelling that gets very painful during exercise be a sign of congestive heart failure?

Could ankle swelling that gets very painful during exercise be a sign of congestive heart failure?

Yes: Swelling in ankles can many things. Heartfailure is just one. Gout, arthritis , venous insufficiency, hypothyroidism , are just a few others you need a full exam with detailed history along with labs, cxr, ekg and possibly an echo of the heart. ...Read more

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Does congestive heart failure on right or left lead to swollen feet and ankles? Why?

Yes: Right sided heart failure (which is often present in combination with left heart failure) does. Blood returning to the right ventricle backs up, overfilling the inferior vena cava and all veins draining into it. Hormonal changes in the kidney cause fluid retention further engorging dependent tissues (mediated by gravity). This is a simple explanation: whole books have been written about this. ...Read more

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Congestive heart failure is causing clear fluid to leak through my skin on both legs from ankle to mid-calf. Treatment?

Congestive heart failure is causing  clear fluid to leak through my skin on both legs from ankle to mid-calf.   Treatment?

Or better Rx: You probably need better heart failure treatment. See your cardiologist. Additionally, make sure you are taking your medications regularly, and eat a low sodium diet. ...Read more

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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