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Has pacemaker, in atrial fib all time, swelling in legs and ankles. Is it mean fluid is forming around his heart?

My husband is 87 yrs. old. He has a pacemaker, he is in atrial fib all the time. He has a dry cough, it seems worse when he moves around. No temp. I weigh him daily, his weight hasn't varied a whole lot. He has some swelling in the legs and ankles. Does it sound like fluid is forming around his heart. No pain. Should we be concerned?
Asked On : Wed, 16 Oct 2013
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Hi friend,
Welcome to Health Care Magic

Cough may mean left heart failure
Some medicines for pressure or failure (like ACE Inhibitors) may also cause cough

Weight gain and leg swelling – mean fluid retention / Right heart or Congestive heart failure

He needs to see his cardiologist / a few investigations are necessary
The treating doctor may suggest them depending on need, based on his assessment of the situation.

Take care     
Wishing all well
God bless
Good luck
Answered: Wed, 16 Oct 2013
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