Cardiac Symptoms

Ankle Swelling and Leg Edema

Ankle Swelling and Leg Edema

Ankle swelling and leg edema often go hand in hand, as both terms refer to the accumulation of fluid in the lower extremities. Leg edema is a broader term that encompasses swelling not only in the ankles but also in the calves and thighs. Here are some potential causes of ankle swelling and leg edema:

  1. Prolonged standing or sitting: Sitting or standing for extended periods can impede blood circulation, causing fluid to pool in the legs and ankles.
  2. Venous insufficiency: When the veins in the legs have difficulty returning blood back to the heart, fluid can accumulate in the lower extremities. This condition is commonly associated with varicose veins, leg heaviness, and aching.
  3. Deep vein thrombosis (DVT): DVT occurs when a blood clot forms in one of the deep veins, often in the legs. This can lead to swelling, pain, and redness in the affected leg. DVT requires immediate medical attention, as it can be potentially life-threatening if the clot dislodges and travels to the lungs.
  4. Lymphedema: Lymphedema is a condition characterized by the buildup of lymphatic fluid, usually in the legs or arms, due to a malfunction or damage to the lymphatic system. It can lead to persistent swelling and discomfort.
  5. Heart failure: Congestive heart failure can cause fluid retention throughout the body, including the legs and ankles. Swelling is typically more pronounced in the lower extremities when you’ve been sitting or standing for a long time and improves with leg elevation.
  6. Kidney or liver disease: Impaired kidney or liver function can lead to fluid retention and result in leg edema.
  7. Medications: Certain medications, such as calcium channel blockers, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), or corticosteroids, can cause fluid retention and contribute to leg edema.
  8. Pregnancy: Ankle swelling and leg edema are common during pregnancy due to hormonal changes, increased blood volume, and pressure on the veins.

If you experience ankle swelling and leg edema, it is advisable to consult a healthcare professional for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment. The underlying cause will determine the management approach, which may include lifestyle modifications, such as leg elevation and regular exercise, compression therapy, medications, or treatment of the underlying medical condition.

If you notice sudden or severe swelling, pain, redness, warmth, or difficulty breathing, it’s important to seek immediate medical attention, as it could indicate a more serious condition or medical emergency.

Same-Day Cardiac Care

RCC Cardiac Urgent Care is accessible same-day care for non-life-threatening cardiac symptoms, including:

PLEASE NOTE: that this is NOT a traditional Urgent Care Center treating any and all ailments. Our facility is ONLY for cardiac related symptoms.

At our Penn Cardiology Specialty Network facility, you will will be cared for by our team of cardiac specialists, and receive access to our state-of-the-art diagnostic testing, including:

  • EKG
  • Echocardiogram
  • Stress Test
    • Treadmill Stress Test
    • Stress Echo
    • Nuclear Stress Test
  • Halter Monitor
  • Mobile Cardiac Outpatient Telemetry (MCOT)
  • Venous Doppler
  • Arterial Doppler
  • Carotid Doppler

We will work with your primary or referring physicians to develop a plan of treatment that is suited to meet your individual needs.

Same Day Vascular Care

We also provide accessible same-day care for non-life-threatening vascular symptoms, including:

  • Leg Pain or a Change in Color
  • Numbness or Loss of Feeling in Arms or Legs
  • Leg Swelling
  • Diagnosis of Blood Clots in Arms and Legs

Pre-Operative Cardiac Clearance with Rapid Reporting

As more and more complex procedures are performed in the outpatient and inpatient setting, the risk of perioperative cardiac complication increases. Regional Cardiology Consultants’ dedicated team specializes in providing the accurate and timely pre-op clearance required by patients.

Our services include:

  • Pre-op Consult by Board Certified Cardiologist
  • EKG
  • Other diagnostic testing as needed to clear your patients.

Better yet, all services can be performed in the convenience of our offices. In most cases, we can have a preliminary report for your physician the same day as our consult and a folder containing everything you need to proceed with planned surgery including the transcribed pre-op consult, EKG with interpretation, and any other testing required to be cleared for your procedure.

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