Remember, heart disease is not a natural process, that we must accept as inevitable based on family history of an outdated gene-based model of human disease risk. Our daily decisions, especially regarding what we decide we are going to eat or do not eat, are first and foremost. We can use food as medicine, sloughing off the pharmaceutical industry meme that we need statins to stave off the 'inevitable.' Take back control of your health with nutrition, and realize that food is the only medicine that will both nourish us and heal our bodies in a way that will produce lasting health.
Edema is a form of swelling caused by excess fluids trapped in the tissues of your body. It is most commonly found at the ankles, feet, legs, arms and hands. Edema can be a result of a temporary condition such as during pregnancy or after an injury. Edema can also result from heart, kidney or liver disease, or it can be a side effect of a medication. Edema can also be peripheral, which means it is found in the ankles, feet, legs, arms, and hands, or it can be central, which means it is found around internal organs such as the lungs. 
1. Know Your Numbers. Aim for a total blood pressure less than 120/80 mm Hg.
Systolic blood pressure is the top blood pressure number, which measures the pressure in the arteries when your heart beats. Aim for systolic blood pressure less than 120 mm Hg (millimeters of mercury). A systolic blood pressure higher than 120 mm Hg indicates your heart is working overtime to pump blood through your blood vessels, which exerts maximum pressure on your arteries.
Diastolic blood pressure is the bottom blood pressure number, which measures the pressure in the arteries when your heart is at rest between beats. Aim for diastolic blood pressure less than 80 mm Hg. A diastolic blood pressure reading above 80 mm Hg indicates your heart is working harder than necessary to fill your left-ventricular heart chamber with blood. Over time this can lead to congestive heart failure.