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Swollen legs can indicate heart problems

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It is normal for there to be swelling in the body when we hit something or twist our ankle. This happens when the blood veins at the site expand to increase blood flow until the body itself repairs the damaged area, so we notice the increase in size. Sensations such as tightness, shortness of breath and pain in the area can be felt, but the person does not know exactly what it is.

Stay tuned, because if you don’t deflate within a few days, it may be symptoms of other complications, such as liver, kidney, and cardiovascular system, especially heart failure.

Heart failure is a chronic disease. The most common cause is the reduction or total closure of the veins due to fatty plaques that block the coronary arteries, lacking irrigation of the organs; known as coronary artery disease (CAD). The aggravation of coronary artery disease is acute myocardial infarction.


Heart failure is considered the final stage of all heart problems.


Other conditions can cause insufficiency, such as uncontrolled blood pressure, inflammation of the heart muscle, lesions, dysfunctions of the ventricles, birth defects, Chargas disease, among others. In addition to the heart, other organs can suffer from complications, from duplication of insufficiency, such as a pulmonary embolism in the lung for example.

Edema in the legs, ankles and feet, for no reason, may indicate complications of the liver and spleen. Pay attention to how the swelling presents, on one side or both. If it appears in a leg, it is an indication of poor venous circulation, that is, blood returns to the heart full of carbon dioxide. If swelling appears in both legs, professional follow-up will be required, as heart dynamics may be compromised.

The sensations of pain, burning, fatigue and itching are also signs of impaired circulation of the lower limbs as well as the change in color, initially reddish, which, with the worsening of the condition, turns purple. .

Diabetics and smokers should pay special attention to changes in the lower limbs. The recommendation is as follows: avoid sitting for long periods of time, remember to get up from time to time and, whenever possible, do physical activities such as walking or climbing stairs.

Important, always consult your trusted doctor to transcribe the necessary treatment. Do not treat yourself.

Feature photo: Swellings all over the body can be signs of heart problems. Reproduction / Medical News Today

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