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What does it mean if you gain weight or swell if you have heart failure?

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Fluid can build up in your tissues just like it does in your lungs. As a result, your feet, ankles, legs, or belly may swell. Your shoes and socks to feel tight. You might notice a sudden weight gain.

SOURCES:

CDC: “Heart Failure Fact Sheet.”

American Heart Association: “About Heart Failure,” “Warning Signs of Heart Failure.”

University of California, San Francisco Medical Center: “Heart Failure Signs and Symptoms.”

Harvard Health Publications: “Don’t Delay When Heart Failure Threatens.”

Reviewed by James Beckerman on September 6, 2019

SOURCES:

CDC: “Heart Failure Fact Sheet.”

American Heart Association: “About Heart Failure,” “Warning Signs of Heart Failure.”

University of California, San Francisco Medical Center: “Heart Failure Signs and Symptoms.”

Harvard Health Publications: “Don’t Delay When Heart Failure Threatens.”

Reviewed by James Beckerman on September 6, 2019

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