Features May 2007 Issue

Alleviating the Discomfort of Edema

Help is available to reduce swelling, but check with your doctor first to make sure itís not something more serious.

Swelling in the legs and ankles is fairly common among older adults, but it also may be a sign of a more serious condition. "Swelling, in general, is abnormal," says Dr. Wilson Tang, a heart failure specialist in the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at Cleveland Clinic. In fact, swelling, also referred to as "edema," could be a symptom of heart failure.

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