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

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

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


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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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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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Can congestive heart failure make your feet swollen?

Can congestive heart failure make your feet swollen?

Yes.: There are many reasons why your feet may swell. One of them is congestive heart failure. Others include liver disease, nephrotic syndrome, and chronic venous insufficiency. Your dr. Should be able to sort this out. ...Read more

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Is swollen feet a sign of congestive heart failure?

It can be: Sometimes this can be from other causes, like local issues with the veins in the legs. However, it can be a sign of chf. You should get checked out. ...Read more

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Is puffy swollen eyes a sympton of congestive heart failure?

Is puffy swollen eyes a sympton of congestive heart failure?

Probably not: While puffy swollen eyes can occur with congestive heart failure, there are many many other causes that would be more likely, such as allergy, etc. Congeetive heart failure would be way down the list. ...Read more

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Bronchiectasis since a child, on oxygen 24/7- last 15 years. Legs swollen incontinent, nods off then speaks like drunk when awoken Congestive heart??

Bronchiectasis since a child, on oxygen 24/7- last 15 years. Legs swollen incontinent, nods off then speaks like drunk when awoken Congestive heart??

Sick: All these issues need a doctor's care. Low oxygen levels can lead to or worsen existing heart failure including the right side of the heart. Sleep apnea is also a possibility as is chronic respiratory failure but the patient needs to see a lung specialist. ...Read more

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Why do I have swollen ankles? I am diabetic and had a heart attack 6 years ago.

Why do I have swollen ankles? I am diabetic and had a heart attack 6 years ago.

Bad valves: You may have poor valves within your blood vessels causing fluid accumulation around ankle.
See your doctor, compression stockings may help. ...Read more

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Can you have a normal EKG if you have heart problems? What types of heart problems would not show up on an EKG? Only symptom is swollen ankles.

Can you have a normal EKG if you have heart problems? What types of heart problems would not show up on an EKG? Only symptom is swollen ankles.

Ekg: An EKG is an eletrical tracing of the heart activity. Damaged muscle or conduction tissue creates an abnormal EKG. Cardiac enlargement can be present with a normal EKG. So can early coronary disease. And so can a valve disease. ...Read more

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Swollen ankles from tight socks or heart disease, how can I tell?

Swollen ankles from tight socks or heart disease, how can I tell?

Swollen ankles: Generally it is easy for your doctor to tell. If you don't have any problems with shortness of breath or any other symptoms, it isn't likely your heart but there is no easy way when you aren't a doctor to know. ...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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My 48 year old husband has had swollen ankles for the past 3 days. Heart is good, creatinine fine, no urinalysis done. On Lasix (furosemide) trial. Suggestions?

My 48 year old husband has had swollen ankles for the past 3 days. Heart is good, creatinine fine, no urinalysis done. On Lasix (furosemide) trial. Suggestions?

More info: First I would do urinalysis, kidney issues can cause swelling. Next, what meds is he on? Any new ones? Amlodipine (norvasc) is a common one that when added or increased can cause swelling, as well as other meds. ...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 friend was diagnoise with a condition associated with lack of roper blood flow from and to the heart swollen legs ankles rough scaley skin?

My friend was diagnoise with a condition associated with lack of roper blood flow from and to the heart swollen legs ankles rough scaley skin?

And Your Question...: You may have something there. Your friend should be under the care of a physician. The swelling ankles and legs should be relayed to your friend's doctor, if he doesn't know already. ...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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I have swollen ankles and my right leg I had a iregular heart beat 4 years ago I went and had a arterial abolation and every thing has been fine the swelling goes down over night I had a ultra sound for my heart and an akg about 3 weeks ago and every thi

I have swollen ankles and my right leg I had a iregular heart beat 4 years ago I went and had a arterial abolation and every thing has been fine the swelling goes down over night I had a ultra sound for my heart and an akg about 3 weeks ago and every thi

The: The good news is that your heart is not failing, which would have been detected on the ultrasound of your heart. When this occurs your heart does does pump blood effectively which ultimately results in fluid accumulation in your lower extremities.
As far as why you have swollen ankles/legs its hard to say. You may need to decrease your salt intake. Also if you have any pain, redness, or tenderness in your leg (s) then your doctor may need to do an ultrasound of your lower extremities in order to rule out blood clots.
I suggest you schedule a follow up visit with your doctor in order to investigate this problem further.
Best of luck. ...Read more

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83 yr female. One swollen ankle, burning pain in back of heel and ankle. Kidneys, heart, BP good. Nearly everyday pitting edema in only one. Cause?

ANKLE PAIN: You want to go see a foot specialist such as a podiatrist or foot and ankle orthopedics because you might have a possible fracture, severe ankle sprain, cellulitis or vascular condition. The only way to diagnose these condition is by a physical exam, blood work, cultures if open wound followed with diagnostic/radiographic testing. ...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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My hands ankles feet and wrists are swollen and sore no known reason for this sometimesmy hands or fingers go to sleep heart attack in 03 high blood psi I take plavix topril Lipitor (atorvastatin), protonix, soriatane

My hands ankles feet and wrists are swollen and sore no known reason for this sometimesmy hands or fingers go to sleep heart attack in 03 high blood psi I take plavix topril Lipitor (atorvastatin), protonix, soriatane

In: In light of your cardiac history, you should be evaluated by your cardiologist as some of these symptoms may indicate impaired heart function. If this is not a heart issue I am sure that your cardiologist will be able to make an appropriate referral to an appropriate specialist. ...Read more

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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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Why are my ankles swollen like balloons? All blood work came back normal, including heart, kidney, Urine, liver, TSH. This is a sudden problem for me?

Why are my ankles swollen like balloons? All blood work came back normal, including heart, kidney, Urine, liver, TSH. This is a sudden problem for me?

Various Causes: Swelling of both ankles may be caused by imbalances of salt or protein in relation to water in your blood. This may be nutrionally-related (low protein or high salt) if your basic lab testing was normal. They may not have checked nutritional markers such as albumin.
You may benefit from an assessment of your heart function with a non-invasive ultrasound of your heart, known as a echocardiogram. ...Read more

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I am 51 year old women and have been swollen in the legs and ankles, feet and face for over a month. Tests are normal had ultra sound done one heart and liver. Had blood work done all came back normal. I do have thyroid I take meds for. My legs feel so ti

I am 51 year old women and have been swollen in the legs and ankles, feet and face for over a month. Tests are normal had ultra sound done one heart and liver. Had blood work done all came back normal. I do have thyroid I take meds for. My legs feel so ti

If: If all you've had done are blood tests and an ultrasound of the heart and liver, i'd say you still have a way to go before your doctor should give up. It's also a little unusual for your face to be swollen. I would look into cushing's disease as a possible cause.

Perhaps a second opinion is in order? ...Read more

Dr. Grace Torres-hodges
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Ankle Swelling (Definition)

Ankle swelling or edema around the ankle is fluid in the soft tissue and can have many causes such as injury, vein problems, heart ...Read more