2.Swelling and Fluid Retention
Heart disease can cause fluid to accumulate in the legs, ankles, feet, or abdomen. This swelling, known as edema, occurs when the heart is unable to pump blood effectively, leading to fluid buildup. Women may notice that their shoes feel tighter, or they have difficulty putting on rings or bracelets due to the swelling.
Swelling and fluid retention often occur as a result of the heart’s reduced ability to pump blood effectively. When the heart is weakened or not functioning optimally, it can struggle to adequately circulate blood throughout the body. This can lead to a buildup of fluid in the tissues, causing swelling and puffiness.
Women with heart disease may experience swelling and fluid retention that worsens as the day progresses. They may notice tightness in their shoes, difficulty fitting into rings or jewelry, or the appearance of puffy areas on their limbs. In severe cases, fluid retention can extend to other parts of the body, including the abdomen or even the lungs, causing difficulty breathing.
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