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Water on Ankles

In recent doctor's office visit it was noticed my ankles were "swollon".  The physician pushed on the skin and it remained remained "indented" and she said I was retaining water around my ankles.  I am 75, exercise regularly, 5-9 and overweight.  I take heart medication (Amiorarone 200 mg) and blood pressure medication.  My question is why are my ankles retaining water.  The doctor has changed blood pressure medication to include a kind of water pill that is included in the new blood pressure medication.  What is causing the swelling in my ankles.  Many thanks, Eugruss in Kentucky.  
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Hello!

Your veins are not able to pump blood, this is related to age, obesity, heart problems and increase in blood pressure or any lymphatic obstruction.

Your doctor is using a water pill or a diuretic this will aid in decreasing the swelling. The swelling is also called as edema.  Change in anti hypertensive medications also help in decreasing the swelling.

I would suggest you to keep your legs elevated on a pillow when you are sleeping avoid standing for long hours, exercise at your ankle joint while sitting and sleeping which will aid venous drainage.

Take care!
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Many thanks for your response regarding water around the ankles as I did not understand what was happening and my physician did not explain.  I appreciate your time and effort in answering my question.
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