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I am having a battery of tests done next week concerning my

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I am having a battery of tests done next week concerning my heart. A coronary calcium scoring CT, an echo, and Nuclear Stress test.

I have mild edema in lower legs for maybe 6-12 months, not shortness of breath when exerting myself, do not wake up with shortness of breath, am overweight but losing, sporatic alcohol binger, never smoked, am walking 1-2 miles a day no trouble.

Are there causes for recurring edema outside of liver, kidney, and heart issues?

Hello Charles,
I am Dr. Arun and will be helping you today.

Yes, there can be other causes too;

1) thyroid disease
2) other hormonal disorders
3) idiopathic.
4) medications

Following are the causes (comprehensive list) of mild edema in lower legs:
1) Venous valvular incompetence

2) Obstruction of the lymphatic outflow

3) Dependent edema which can occur because of the prolonged standing or sitting.

4) Congestive heart failure

5) Kidney diseases

6) Protein deficiency

7) Hypothyroidism

8) Anemia

9) Medications

10) Other hormonal disorders
11) Idiopathic (no cause ascertained).

Following measures may help you:

1) Avoid prolonged standing or walking for long distances in a single stretch.

2) Whenever you sit; keep your legs elevated on a chair or a sofa or stool.Do not hang the legs, otherwise gravity will increase the swelling.

3) Exercises / physical therapy

a) Lie down straight and raise your leg and feet for 10-20 seconds. Repeat this for ten times (twice a day whole set).

b) When you sit; pull the feet towards you for 10-20 seconds. Repeat it for ten times twice a day.

4) Raise leg end of your bed by 6 inches.

Please feel free for your follow up questions.

I would be happy to assist you further, if you need any more information.

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

The only heart disease associated with edema would be congestive heart failure, is that right?

Yes, Charles, the congestive heart failure causes the edema of the leg. It is the pumping failure (or decreased pumping capacity of the heart) of the heart, which itself can occur due to heart muscle issue, valve problems etc.

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