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Lucy

My mother is 93 has angina and still is very active.  The visiting nurse told her that swollen ankles indicates something is wrong with her heart.  Would you please explain.Thank you,
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That's not necessarily accurate.  One of the causes of lower extremity swelling is abnormal heart function, but there are many others, such as increased salt intake, high blood pressure, some medications, obesity, venous drainage abnormalities and many others.  The fact that she has some angina would at least cause me to get an echocardiogram to evaluate her heart function.  If there is something wrong, I would recommend conservative approach with medications only.  I think your mother is fine and as long as nothing has  changed or affects her quality of life I would not push for any further testing.  Any invasive procedure could be very harmful to her give her age.    
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