The key to managing heart failure is to take your medications, make dietary changes, live a healthy lifestyle, and keep your doctor's appointments. Your doctor will tell you how often you need to visit. But, if you have any unusual symptoms, do not wait until your next appointment to discuss them with your doctor. Call your doctor immediately if you have:
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.