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How to treat ankle swelling with breathing difficulties?

I have conorary heart decease and my ankles swell from the morning and I am having difficulty finding the right shoes albeit sandals or whatever. My doctor is providing water tablets and I have treated myself to a lovely and expensive disability bed to raise by ankles and I now cannot manage the stairs upwards. down I can manage and I cannot walk far without breathing difficulties. What shall I do now.
Mon, 17 Nov 2014
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Well you have coronary heart disease, ankle swelling and breathing difficulty..
It probably shows the sign of heart failure in which the heart cannot pump the blood effectively so lead to accumulation of water in dependent parts like legs causes swelling in ankles. Water also got accumulated in lungs causing pulmonary edema and thus difficulty in breathing.
Coronary heart disease is one if the leading causes of heart failure.
You should see a cardiologist and start the medical therapy.
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