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Heart failure?

Walking Circles

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I'm really worried I may have heart failure. I'm 345 pounds (6'1 in height). I've been some degree of overweight all my life at 31 years old. I have untreated sleep apnea since I was about 15. I don't smoke though.

I'm on blood pressure meds, though I wasn't put on them for blood pressure originally.

I stay tired all the time. I have arrhythmias some times. My ankles and around my calfs seems kind of swollen and have for the past couple of years. For instance if I poke a spot on my ankle it will leave a little pit for a while. Here lately I wake up some with my blood pressure kinda high 140/80, and my heart beating hard.

However just a couple of months ago I was regularly going for a 10 minute jog. I walked 5 flights of stairs the other day (however it left my heart hammering). A few weeks ago I was doing rounds on a punching bag followed by Kettlebell circuits.

I went to a new doctor yesterday and he totally dismissed me. Didn't even really listen to my concerns. Anyone else relate to this? Does anyone have the pitting swelling on their ankles or calves? It seems to be the same regardless of time of day.
 

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Pitting edema with heart failure, from what I've seen, tends to be quite obvious. Pitting on its own is not necessarily an issue, depending on how a person is built. If you're overweight to some degree, I imagine that may have a lot to do with it. Why is the sleep apnea untreated? Was it formally diagnosed?

I walked 5 flights of stairs the other day (however it left my heart hammering)
This is not abnormal for someone who may not be in the best shape. In fact, it can even happen to folks who are rather well conditioned. Five flights? I can barely make it up one or two flights without my heart pounding. Haha!

I went to a new doctor yesterday and he totally dismissed me. Didn't even really listen to my concerns.
Two options: 1) see a new doctor for a second opinion, or 2) be more persistent with this doctor and make sure they specifically address these concerns. IMO you likely don't have an underlying condition, but a doctor is the person best fit to make that call.
 

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The sleep apnea is untreated because I've been a big baby about the cpap in the past. It's time for me to get over it though. The picture below is how my feet and ankles look at the end of the day. Does the swelling seem significant to you?

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The sleep apnea is untreated because I've been a big baby about the cpap in the past. It's time for me to get over it though. The picture below is how my feet and ankles look at the end of the day. Does the swelling seem significant to you?

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How much water do you drink in a day? These are all problems you should be able to fix with dietary changes and weight loss. You are still very young but some changes need to be made.
 
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The sleep apnea is untreated because I've been a big baby about the cpap in the past. It's time for me to get over it though. The picture below is how my feet and ankles look at the end of the day. Does the swelling seem significant to you?

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You're not doing yourself any favors by avoiding it. I know it's probably frustrating / annoying / whatever else, but don't delay getting the help you need. I have no idea about the swelling.

I agree with TruthHurts, most of this could probably be corrected with lifestyle changes alone.
 
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