I have been experiencing swollen feet lately, can my blood pressure medication cause this?

Q: I am 40 years old and hypertensive for 2 years, however my BP is under control by using 3 drugs. Lately I have been experiencing swollen feet after sitting for a long period of time (though my weight has not increased) so I was wondering if I can reduce the number of drugs I’m taking. What do you think might be the problem?

A: Swollen feet can be a sign of a serious problem such as heart failure. You need to be evaluated by a healthcare provider to determine the cause. A more common cause of swollen feet is venous insufficiency. This is due to veins in the legs becoming incompetent. To learn more about this problem, click here.

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