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When the heart weakens and pumps blood less effectively, fluid can slowly build up, creating leg edema. If fluid buildup occurs rapidly, fluid in the lungs (pulmonary edema) can develop. If there is heart failure of the right side of the heart, oftentimes edema can develop in the abdomen, as well.

There are many situations and conditions that can cause a type of swelling called edema. Some of these situations are not dangerous, while others can be life threatening. It’s important to recognize the signs and symptoms of edema in order to figure out whether you need to seek medical treatment for this condition.  Robin Stoloff finds out how compression therapy can help in Living Well With Robin Stoloff Sundays 9-11am on Lite Rock 96.9 WFPG.