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I have 5 balloon and stent. Do you know why they are swollen ?

Been there-done that.I have 5 balloon an stents -and have heart failure-l had heart attack 3 years ago-I am on ALL medication I am allowed- .My ankles are swollen from on plane journey ,- really sore and tight -I have taken extra asprin is there anything else that will help take swelling down ?. Also, Do you know why they are swollen ? I really need a fast answer -thankyou. x x Thanks-Will Try Them ALL.xx congratulations bypass5x
Tue, 15 Dec 2009
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Put on compression stockings and lay down with your legs elevated. Take a lasix if you have one. Wiggle your ankles once and a while. Go to minimal fluids, 4 cups per day / no sodium. Lasix works better when you are laying down because the blood flow to your kidneys is increased allowing them to remove more fluid. Edema (swelling) is a symptom of heart failure. Sitting still for long periods will allow fluid to pool in your legs. If you get work on it right away it will go down quickly but if it stays their a while it can take days to go down. If you have pain, call your cardiologist. If you gain more than 5 lbs in one day, call your cardiologist. If it is hard to breath or you cough call your cardiologist. If you can reach your cardiologist he may prescribe lasix if you don't already have it.
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