Are you noticing a weight increase of three pounds over 24 hours or even five pounds within the week? Such rapid weight gain or swelling may be very common with heart failure.
Why does heart failure cause weight gain?
Heart failure, also known as congestive heart failure, is progressive and affects the pumping action of heart muscles. It is very common, with over 3 million cases annually in the United States. Heart failure is also common in females and people age 60 and over.
The weight gain or swelling you may be experiencing could be from fluid accumulation or retention caused by heart failure.
With heart failure, the blood may flow to and from the heart more slowly, affecting the function of other major organs. This results in the collection of fluid in the tissues, which causes weight gain and swelling.
Symptoms of weight gain congestive heart failure
The weight gain and swelling may take place in the ankles, feet, legs, and stomach area.
In addition, other symptoms and signs of heart failure include:
- Confusion or dizziness
- Difficulty sleeping or lying flat
- Fatigue and weakness
- Feeling breathless while resting
- Frequent coughing or wheezing
- Irregular or rapid heartbeat
- Loss of appetite
- Pulmonary Edema – fluid collecting inside the lungs
Heart failure medications and weight gain
There isn’t a cure for heart failure but there are treatments to relieve the symptoms, which can