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Discussion: Claudication

in: bl; bl > 2017-11-28

Nov 30, 2017 2:40 PM # 
chitownclark:
With the active lifestyle you have lived, at least as long as I've known you, you don't seem a candidate for this problem. But of course I never thought I'd have a heart problem either.

Do you experience leg pain? High blood pressure? Elevated blood sugar? Altho my problem so far is only irregular heart beat and atrial fibrillation, I'm determined to get my weight down and reduce my BMI. My doc's opinion is that most American health problems encountered in old age, are the result of being overweight and enjoying the American lifestyle to excess. Good luck next week.
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Dec 1, 2017 9:36 PM # 
bl:
The leg gets weak then wobbly with exertion. Contrast imaging shows arterial blockage in the R common iliac artery. Saw a vascular surgeon yesterday who weighed findings, my goals & ordered some more testing. She asked me how far I figured I could walk at this time. I said ten miles probably - who knows. Her answer was that if I'd said I could barely have made it to her second floor office, she'd schedule me for arterial repair then & there.

Atrial fibrillation occasionally comes with age, among other causes. It can be a
drag for active people. Ask Soupbone. Tony Federer also has had or has it still.
I had some briefly post-op heart valve repair.
Dec 1, 2017 11:20 PM # 
chitownclark:
Ha ha! Congrats for 'knocking your doc's sox off' as they say. I'm sure you're the only patient of hers who volunteered a ten-mile walk! Could that blockage be treated with a stent? This medmovie makes it look like a no brainer.

I too have iliac artery problems. But mine are worsening aneurysms, where the artery wall balloons outward and threatens to rupture. So count your blessings. Good luck.
Dec 2, 2017 4:38 AM # 
kadley:
It's a shame when doctors can't relate to the high performance expectations of aging yet still current athletes. Good luck with alleviating the symptoms and underlying problem.
Dec 2, 2017 11:04 PM # 
bl:
Cardiologist stated that stents may not be best choice in groin area where bending occurs. I'll have to address that with the vascular surgeon next time we meet.

Thanks, Ken. When I had the stress echo, the commentary was that my endurance performance level was the best of the day - and I thought it must be a pretty physically misfit group with which I was being compared.

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