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Suffer from periodic cardiac arrhytmias, shortness of breath, swollen ankles and persistent cough. What does this indicate?

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What problem would the following symptoms seem to indicate:
1. Periodic cardiac arrhytmias
2. Shortness of breath when climbing stairs
3. Swollen ankles
4. A persistent deep cough which has lasted approx. two months.
Posted Sun, 28 Jul 2013 in General Health
Answered by Dr. Shruti Rijhwani 23 minutes later
Hi !

Thank you for your query.

Dear sir ,

Well all these symptoms indicate towards a cardiac problem like congestive heart failure or cardiomyopathy can give this kind of picture .

Arrythmias occur due to increased cardiac chamber size . Shortness of breath and cough are due to chest congestion due to pulmonary edema .

Swollen ankles due to decreased venous return to heart and is a sign of right sided heart failure .

Hope you are satisfied with the answer.

Wish you good health.

Take care.

Dr. Shruti
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