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For a while now my feet and ankles are very swollen and I don't even have an ankle anymore. My Doctor is sending me to a vascular Dr. Shouldn't I be seeing a cardiologist?

By Anonymous September 6, 2017 - 8:56am
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Hello Anonymous,

Welcome to EmpowHER.

Did you ask your physician why a vascular consultation was advised instead of a cardiac consultation?

Leg swelling caused by the retention of fluid in leg tissues is known as peripheral edema. It can be caused by a problem with the circulatory system, the lymphatic system or the kidneys.

Leg swelling isn't always a sign of a heart or circulation problem. You may often experience swelling due to fluid buildup from being overweight, being inactive, after sitting or standing for a long time, or wearing tight stockings.

Leg swelling can also be caused by inflammation in leg tissues. Inflammation may be a normal response to injury or disease, or it may be due to rheumatoid arthritis or another inflammatory disorder.


September 6, 2017 - 10:02am
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Anonymous (reply to Maryann Gromisch RN)

I have swelling of legs and ankles for 3 weeks. I also had sores from dime size to 50 cent size with tiny blisters that run a sticky clear liquid if scratched.

September 11, 2017 - 5:48pm
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