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Suffering from heart disease. Swollen legs and ankles. Had kidney infection. How to control the swelling?

my mother is 75yrs and as heart disease last year her legs and ankles swollen and she put 3 stone on in weight since then the doctors prescribe flurimide and spirolatone to get try and get swelling down and put her on ace hibator she had akidney infection recently so took her off ace hibator and up water tablets she cant sleep atnight with itching and leg spasms what can we do i am scared she swelling up again
Asked On : Wed, 11 Jul 2012
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YES weak heart does cause back pressure to build up and cusing the legs+ feet to swell up

Check her kidney function test , because weak heart leads to weak kidneys and they both increase swelling.

Increasing furosemide+ spirinolactone + digoxin to improve cardiac contratility and hence less leg swelling.

Due to chronic swelling of legs and feet , people complaint of itching and spasm during nigh , a pneumatic leg compression machine or ITALIAN tigh leg stocking at day time will help decrease swelling.

Hope this helps.

Take care
Answered: Sun, 21 Jul 2013
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