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Leg swelling includes the accumulation of fluid in tissues in the feet and legs. If the swelling is edema, pressing lightly on the swollen area for 15-20 seconds usually leaves a dimple.

What to Do

Common Causes

Edema has many possible causes, but it can be a sign of heart failure or other heart problems. Edema can show that your heart is not working hard enough to pump the blood out of the swollen tissues.

  • Heart Failure

    Heart failure is a condition in which the heart can't pump enough blood to meet the body's needs.

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