These symptoms affecting your feet and ankles may hide a serious illness

These symptoms affecting your feet and ankles may hide a serious illness
These symptoms affecting your feet and ankles may hide a serious illness

More than 1.5 million people are affected by heart failure in France. This pathology is characterized by the inability of the heart muscle to ensure the propulsion of blood in the body. It can be secondary to a myocardial infarction, high blood pressure or even angina.

What are the symptoms that alert you to heart failure?

If left untreated, heart failure can have a serious impact on quality of life and serious consequences on health. Quoted by the British newspaper The Mirror, The National Health Service has highlighted a common symptom of heart failure: swelling of the ankles and feet.

This swelling of the lower limbs is linked to the appearance of edema, which results from the increase in the volume of interstitial fluid, located between the blood capillaries and the cells. It is essential to consult a doctor if the swelling does not subside after a few days.

In addition to swelling of the lower limbs, several symptoms can occur in cases of heart failure:

  • shortness of breath: this discomfort is first present during intense efforts, then during smaller efforts, and finally at rest;
  • weight gain: the patient can gain two to three kilograms in the space of two to three days;
  • physical fatigue: it is felt during the efforts of daily life, which can lead to a reduction in physical activity and a loss of musculature.

A medical consultation must be carried out quickly if these manifestations appear. Taken in isolation, they are not very specific, but their association or their recent occurrence should alert us. warned Ameli Santé, the Health Insurance platform.

How to treat heart failure?

Heart failure cannot be cured, but it can be stabilized by drug treatment combined with an adequate lifestyle. This treatment makes it possible to avoid episodes of decompensation of heart failure and to reduce the number and duration of hospitalizations.

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