Edema (fluid) in the hands, feet and/or ankles and shortness of breath are a sign of Right sided heart failure while shortness of breath and fluid the lungs is synonymous of Left sided heart failure. I would recommend a visit with a cardiologist to rule out right sided failure. If you are carrying too much fluid, they may want to put you on a mild diuretic to take some of the fluid off so you will be more comfortable.
Here is a good article that explaines the difference in Right vs. left heart failure. http://health.nytimes.com/health/guides/disease/right-sided-heart-failure/overview.html
Good luck and I hope you get to feeling better soon!
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