I have been having severe pitting edema and difficulty doing anything physical. Moderate physical activity such as climbing up a flight of stairs or cleaning the house exhausts me and leaves me breatheless. I have started sleeping on 3 pillows so that I can rest easier. However, my blood pressure is very low (110/55) and I have low cholesterol (and high triglycerides). When I went to the doctor, she told me that it was probably nothing and gave me a diuretic (which doesn't work that well). Then, a close friend who is an emergency room doc got upset and told me to get an EKG and echocardiogram because she thinks it's heart failure. I did get an echocardiogram 4-5 years ago because of a valve problem, and everything was ok.
Please share your experiences with and knowledge about heart failure with me so I can decide whether or not to fight my doctor to get these tests. Thanks in advance.
I am in my early 40's, and I have a BMI of 33.