Edema Education

Edema is the abnormal accumulation of fluid in the body tissues or in the body cavities, causing swelling or distention of the affected parts.  It is the result of venous ulceration, which is often caused by an increase in tissue pressure (increased fluid within the tissue) because of increased capillary permeability.  Appendage edema is often treated by bandaging the area to relieve pressure on the skin and decrease venous pressure.  More severe cases may require a surgical procedure that diverts the blood flow to healthy veins.

Edema of the ankles and lower legs is characteristic of congestive heart failure (CHF), but it can accompany other conditions including obesity, diseased leg veins, kidney disease, cirrhosis of the liver, anemia, and severe malnutrition.  A failing heart often accompanies edema because blood backs up in the veins, venules, and capillaries, thereby increasing blood pressure.  In severe cases of heart failure, the abdomen may fill with fluid--a condition known as “ascities”.

CarePoint Medical can you provide a variety of lymphadema pumps, as prescribed by a doctor, to combat the fluid backup, severe swelling, and inherent dangers associated with chronic edema.  We carry some of the most advanced and effective products available to edema sufferers today; and they may be covered by Medicare, many states’ Medicaid programs, and most commercial insurances.


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