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Diagnosed with congestive heart failure. Noticed red patches on arm. What is causing this?

My mom is 85 and diagnosed with congestive heart failure because of fluid in her lungs and legs. Last Wednesday they put a pacemaker in her. She was released from the hospital Saturday and now in a nursing rehab center. Today they went to check her blood pressure and noticed her left arm had many red patches of bruising all over so they did not check her blood pressure. She also noticed some on her right arm but not to the extent of her left. What is causing this to happen?
Asked On : Fri, 8 Feb 2013
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hi, in this age group red patches and bruising may be because of senile purpura. And you have not mentioned whether she is on antiplatelet agents are antithrombotics because she had congestive heart failure. These agents can cause bleeding complications in some. So you have to evaluate .
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