About a month ago I was hospitalized for chest pains and swelling in left foot. The doctors did the following test, EKG, Cardiac Stress, Cardiac angio cath. All of these test came back negavtive and there was no plaque build up in my veins. I was sent home with 3 different kinds of BP medication, a water pill, a Cholestrol lowering pill, and an acid reflux pill. I have not had anymore pains and my blood pressure has been normal or better 108/70 to 114/75 but I still have this swelling in my ankles and I am concerned. I will be going for a followup next week and I need to know what questions should I ask the doctor when I go in could this be ankle gout, could this have something to do with my kidneys, what test can I ask for to help me find out about this swelling?
In some situatins, ankle swelling could be the result of fluid build up in your body, either from congestive heart failure or impaired kidney function. Additionally, certain blood pressure medications, such as the calcium channel blocker amlodipine, can cause ankle swelling. Finally, ankle swelling may just be due to the effects of gravity after a long day on your feet. Discuss these possibilities with your doctor. he will review your medications, examine your ankles, heart, lungs, and neck veins, and possible order an echocardiogram and blood tests to confirm heart and kidney function. Before we come to any conclusions, the first step is to visit your doctor.
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