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Heart Failure and swelling
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Heart Failure and swelling

Hello,
I am Diabetic and when I sit for long periods of time, my legs and feet swell terribly. It's the only time I seem to experience bad swelling. Should I consult with a heart doctor for a possible heart failure condition or is this just typical of Diabetes. Your answer is very much appreciated. Treesie263
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This sounds like dependent edema and not heart failure.  Have they checked for protein in your urine as this can cause these symptoms as can poor veins in your legs.  I would talk with your doctor about this so you can have this evaluated.
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I am a type II diabetic too.  When I sleep, sit down too long at car or work.  My both hand swell and the fingers are unable to hold.  My legs only swell when I come back from work.  It resolves by itself very quickly.  

I told once to my cardiologist.  My fingers swell and unable to close when I woke up in the morning.  He said, "I know!"  But he didn't treat or fix it.  Now I'm getting worse and worse.  He still knows it?

I also confused who is the specialist will look after which part of my body too???
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