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Old 07-26-2008, 07:51 PM   #1
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is it dangerous when you feet are always swollen

is it dangerous when you feet are always swollen

 
Old 07-28-2008, 03:43 AM   #2
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Question Re: is it dangerous when you feet are always swollen

Pitting edema in the feet / lower legs is one of the signs we look at (on the ambulance) for a backup of fluid indicative of right sided heart failure. Naturally, I won't say that if we come across a patient who has swollen feet that we automatically throw the pads on them and weld them to the floor.

Have you been experiencing any other symptoms? Have you been experiencing tightness in your chest during activity that resolves with rest? That does not resolve with rest? Have you been getting cramping in your lower legs while going up the stairs? Discomfort in your lower / mid back?

Are you on any medication for a pre-existing symptom / disease / condition? Do you have a family history of heart disease? Do you possess any indicators- IE: diabetes, overweight, smoker? Do you have a job that requires you to sit a lot? Are you generally sedentary or active?


These are some questions we might ask if you were in an ambulance, while hooking you up to the monitor to take a closer look at the electrical activity in your heart.

Women tend to present with cardiac problems differently then men, largely as a result of their higher pain tolerance. Just because you don't have pain in your chest per se doesn't mean that you should ignore other potential symptoms. Do some research on what those symptoms may be for you.

Swollen feet are definitely caused by poor circulation- but this doesn't necessarily mean that the proverbial pump is to blame. It could, however be signs of low blood pressure and increasing risk of clotting in the veins in your legs...

Answer some of those questions, to me or to yourself. I think the important ones are obvious... a yes to many of them would definitely be indicative of "time to get to the doc and get checked out."

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