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Dr. Andrew Rynne
Dr. Andrew Rynne

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Is swelling in the feet an indication of heart failure?

I have had 3 episodes in the last 3 years where I get a chest cold and it rapidly escalates to pulmonary insufficiency and I have to use home O2 therapy for 24/7 for about 2 months. It then goes away and I return to my pre-episode state of health. I have congenital scoliosis about 110 degrees in magnitude. The lungs are small ( I only weigh 68 lbs. and stand 4 4.75 in height. Friday, 12/29, I started my 4th episode. This morning I awoke with swollen feet past the ankles. The doctor gave me Lasix for the last episode and I didn t finish them, so I took one this AM. Could this indicate heart failure?
Mon, 26 Mar 2018
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Yes, the swelling of legs below the knee is the usual symptom of heart failure and diuretic as Lasix is a standard option. You may take Lasix. As per your history, I can see that your heart failure is precipitated by heart failure. So you should get a proper evaluation of cardiac function by chest x-ray and ECG, and most importantly stress echocardiography.

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