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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.

Dr. Bennett Werner
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Heart disease is a condition in which a person has problems within his or her vascular system and heart, which includes both congenital birth defects and problems acquired later. Examples of heart disease include clogging (atherosclerosis) of the coronary (heart) arteries, heart attacks (obstructions of the arteries), damaged heart valves, heart muscle failure, and viral infections of the heart. Some major causes of heart disease include genetics, smoking, hypertension, high ...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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Should I be concern with leg pain with heart disease and hypertension?

Should I be concern with leg pain with heart disease and hypertension?

Yes: Cardiac and hypertension are problems that require constant monitoring. Leg pain may or not be related. See your md asap! Good luck!

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Is it possible that I have peripheral heart disease (leg pain when resting) without claudication?

Is it possible that I have peripheral heart disease (leg pain when resting) without claudication?

PVD: Peripheral vascular disease is related to the systemic circulation and technically isn't 'heart disease'. It is vascular disease albeit the heart is an essential part of the vascular system. Claudication is a symptom produced when the vascular disease is severe enough to cause it. Many people have pvd, they don't all have claudication.

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Crp level of 7.3 does it mean infection or could it be something else like heart disease? Had infection on foot but heart disease runs in family.

Crp level of 7.3 does it mean infection or could it be something else like heart disease? Had infection on foot but heart disease runs in family.

Nonspecific marker: CRP is a nonspecific marker of inflammation. It is increased in all inflammatory disease states including cad. In the absence of another inflammatory condition CAD ought o be a consideration. A high CRP predicts a higher risk for cv events.

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My father is 66 years old, has heart disease with multiple heart surgeries, he's diabetic, has already lost his leg and now he is in stage 4 kidney fa?

My father is 66 years old, has heart disease with multiple heart surgeries, he's diabetic, has already lost his leg and now he is in stage 4 kidney fa?

Prepare for dialysis: I could not read the entire question, this is the most common scenario for ckd in america. Diabetics suffer from heart, vascular and renal disease. Sounds like he needs to see a kidney doctor to get ready for dialysis.

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Can hand foot and mouth affect a 80yrs old with heart disease?

Can hand foot and mouth affect a 80yrs old with heart disease?

Confusing question: Certainly, if someone has gone 80 years and never had this virus they could become infected by it. It would likely cause abdominal cramps and a rash like many such viruses do that have no pattern named after them. Chances are, they had it as a kid and don't remember it, and there is no one is around that might.

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I have heart disease&arthritis. During the night, I'm having pain in either my right arm or right leg. Should I go to the doctor?

I have heart disease&arthritis. During the night, I'm having pain in either my right arm or right leg. Should I go to the doctor?

Not your heart: Those are not heart symptoms. If you a troubled enough with pain to warrant a visit, by all means, you should see your doctor.

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Lower leg pain and joint soreness. I have heart disease & arthritis. Who do I see?

Lower leg pain and joint soreness. I have heart disease & arthritis. Who do I see?

Rheumatologist: First see a rheumatologist, who may send you to a cardiologist, depending on your unspecified heart condition! Unfotunately, there are many rheumatic diseases that do effect the heart, not only rheumatic fever. Then again, the two may not be directly related. However, all inflammatory arthopathies affect the blood vessels and accelerate atherosclerotic plaqueing, if inflammation is not controlled!

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I have heart disease and high blood pressure but one of my legs are swollen the right leg what is wrong?

I have heart disease and high blood pressure but one of my legs are swollen the right leg what is wrong?

Possible DVT: You should be evaluated by your caregiver. Unilateral swelling of an extremity can have multiple causes. In addition to a careful history and examination an ultrasound of the affected vascular drainage of the limb may be useful.

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Leg swelling between my knee and calf in my left leg. Inside of leg only. Venous doppler&arterial blood flow study both negative. No heart disease. Ideas?

Leg swelling between my knee and calf in my left leg. Inside of leg only. Venous doppler&arterial blood flow study both negative. No heart disease. Ideas?

Popliteal cyst: This could be a popliteal cyst (baker's) cyst. This comes from behind the knee and can sometimes leak fluid into the calf.

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I am a diabetic, hypertion, ischaemic heart disease. 5 years back stenting done. Rl 5 toe amputated. I walk a small distance right leg swelling. Why?

I am a diabetic, hypertion, ischaemic heart disease. 5 years back stenting done. Rl 5 toe amputated. I walk a small distance right leg swelling. Why?

With your medical: History, you are a high risk patient and hence this question should be posed to one of your treating doctors. Either your internist or vascular doctor. Do not delay a doctors visit.

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What does it mean when your fingers swell during exercise? I'm a 46 year old male with a history of high cholesterol but no heart disease yet.

What does it mean when your fingers swell during exercise? I'm a 46 year old male with a history of high cholesterol but no heart disease yet.

This: This can be from a hand issue such as circulation, where the outflow the venous return from our hand is affected. It can be from a metabolic issue related to your blodd chemistry. It may be related to the position your hands are in i.e. If they are down and dependent. Try raising your hands over your head occasionally when exercising and see of that helps, however the main thing you want to check is why this is happening and you want to have your circulation and cardiac funciotn assessed.

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Sings of heart disease in women?

Sings of heart disease in women?

Music?: "i left my heart in san francisco" always comes to mind, of course. I assume there's a typo: signs? Same as men with these caveats: premenopausal women don't get heart attacks unless they smoke, have diabetes, or use cocaine. Chest pain in older women may be atypical. In both men and women, there may be no pain at all. Shortness of breath alone may be a pain surrogate.

Dr. Grace Torres-hodges
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Swollen Ankles (Definition)

Painless swelling of the feet and ankles is a common problem, particularly among older people. Abnormal buildup of fluid in the ankles, feet, and legs ...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