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Swollen Ankles After A Flight
Dad is 60 yrs,has diabetes, cataracts. He has acute dyspnoea over the past week on holiday nd swollen ankles after 8 hr flight please read ECG file?
Pulmonary embolism: Unable to see the EKG file - please attach if available. Major concern in the context of a recent long flight would be a blood clot that had travelled to the lungs. While EKG is helpful in evaluating for a heart attack, it is less often helpful for diagnosing a blood clot. ...Read more
Good Seat and Hose: Consider the use of compression hose and/or socks can help minimize swelling, get an aisle or bulkhead seat to stretch legs, drink water to stay hydrated, and encourage getting up to walk during the flight. Once the flight starts, find out if there's a first class seat available...That can't hurt. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Swollen ankles following tropic vacation and flight home. 2nd day at home they seem to be a little worse. What can cause this?
What the best way to treat extremely swollen ankles (on par with lymphedema) especially after a flight?
Depends on cause: If the swelling resolves overnight, this is most likely due to venous insufficiency. Elastic stockings are best long term remedy. Elevate legs whenever possible. If this persists or if swelling does not improve overnight, get examined by your physician for other possible causes which can be treated. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Need more info...: Is ankle swelling bilaterally symmetrical, involving evenly or locally/ regionally? Do you have short of breath? Have you had history of congestive heart failure...? Hotdogs alone at most should just increase salt intake leading to edema in patients with marginal heart function.. So, seek evaluation, confirmation, care, & counseling timely so to relieve current and future worry. Best... ...Read more