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How Serious Is My Feet And Abdomin Swell. If I Have Co Justice Heatt Failure

How Serious Is My Feet And Abdomin Swell. If I Have Co Justice Heatt Failure

Congestive Heart Failure

over 2 years ago
A MyHeartDiseaseTeam Member

Be sure to prop your legs up so their higher then your heart that will help keep swelling down u can use pillows or they make a wedge u can purchase just for propping up the legs or if u have an adjustable bed lower your head and keep foot of bed higher hope that helps

about 2 years ago
A MyHeartDiseaseTeam Member

If you are in active CHF (Congestive Heart Failure), you should weigh yourself every single morning before you eat or drink anything. You should probably keep a journal of your weight as well from day to day so you can see how much your weight differs from day to day. If your weight fluctuates by 3 pounds on the high side, and your feet and abdomin are swollen up, you should ask your physician for something like Lasix, which will run the fluid out of your system. It makes your kidneys work and you will get rid of it that way. Too much fluid inside your body puts too much pressure on your lungs and your heart.

They sell compression stockings or what looks like knee socks at Walmart. They look like knee socks but they are really compression hose and they are relatively inexpensive. They are comfortable and allow air to flow through them while you wear them, so you don't have to worry about your legs getting hot. If you wear them every day, they will keep your legs from swelling up with fluid. My Dr told me to wear them during the day and take them off at night so my legs can rest from them, but they are never uncomfortable. Once the fluid has been run out of your body you will feel much better or at least you should. These suggestions worked for me so I thought I would share them with you. Good luck and I hope you get your leg swelling under control soon. Stay safe and blessed.

about 2 years ago
A MyHeartDiseaseTeam Member

I was concerned about CHF also because of weight gain, some swelling in ankles, I felt and looked bloated and my asthma was acting up and my BP was elevated. My primary Dr started me on hydrochlorothiazide for my BP and my followup with Cardiology showed my echo to be normal and also a ultrasound of my carotid arteries was normal. I feel like I've lost some of the swelling and my bloating is being worked up by Gastro Dr. MY most recent EF was 55%-60%

almost 2 years ago
A MyHeartDiseaseTeam Member

Weighing daily you can track possible water retention

over 2 years ago
A MyHeartDiseaseTeam Member

With CHF you have to keep check on swelling. If it is that bad you need to contact your cardiologist.

over 2 years ago

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