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I have had Odema in my ankles since July 2015 following a

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I have had Odema in my ankles since July 2015 following a long flight from Mexico. I was referred to the vascular clinic to have my legs scanned. Doppler ultra sound. I am awaiting consultants advice but person performing scan said I have 'a slow return in my left ankle'. Slow return of what & from where?? My veins & artries looked fine however. Is this related to my heart??? Before scan consultant said it could be one of 2 things causing the Odema. My veins or lymphedema.. I just want another perspective given - the 'slow return' comment. Thanks, Wendy
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cardiology
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 1 year ago.
Thanks for this question WendyIt is MOST likely not related to your heartThis type of edema after a hot trip to Mexico is usually always the veins.Are you overweight?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
No I am not overweight.I am interested to know what is meant by a 'slow return' in my left ankle. Please comment on this.
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 1 year ago.
This means that the venous return to the heart is slowIt could be a variety of things but generally this is a bad valve in one of your veins
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Ok thank you.What will be the next step for me?How can this issue be resolved?Is my heart at risk??Many thanks
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 1 year ago.
Heart is not at risk. NoI would recommend following the following guidelines1)elevate legs at rest2)make sure you stay thin3)exercise4)LOW SALT5)compression stockings
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Many thanks.
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