Many people with
heart failure become discouraged and depressed about
their health and the physical limitations on their daily lives.
Feelings of depression are common for
people who have a long-term (chronic) disease. You may also be feeling lonely
and envious of other people who are living their lives without the discomfort
and inconvenience that you are experiencing.
Edema is the medical term for swelling. It is a general response of the body to injury or inflammation. Edema can be isolated to a small area or affect the entire body. Medications, infections, pregnancy, and many medical problems can cause edema.
Edema results whenever small blood vessels become "leaky" and release fluid into nearby tissues. The extra fluid accumulates, causing the tissue to swell.
Depression causes you to feel sad and hopeless much of the time. It's different from normal feelings of sadness, grief, or low energy. Depression is a medical problem that needs treatment. If you think you may be depressed, see your doctor for diagnosis and treatment right away. Untreated depression may get worse.
If you think you may have depression, take this short quiz to check your symptoms:
Interactive Tool: Are You Depressed?
Ask for help
If you think you might be depressed, talk to your doctor. The sooner you know if you are depressed, the sooner you can get treatment. Treating depression is good for your health. Your doctor may refer you to another doctor who diagnoses and treats depression.
Many people have concerns about seeking treatment for a mental health problem. You might feel too
embarrassed to ask for help, or maybe you think that you'll get over depression
on your own. You may think it's a sign of weakness, or you don't want people to know about it. It's important to overcome these reasons for not seeking treatment.
For help staying healthy if you have depression, see the topic Depression.
Primary Medical Reviewer
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Robert A. Kloner, MD, PhD - Cardiology
July 30, 2010
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
July 30, 2010
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