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I had an angioplasty done on my left leg in may this year. Lately after I walk about a half mile my left calf starts to hurt to the point I have to stop for a few minutes. Is the blockage returning. If so do I need a stent. Leon
Hi @leongreenjr, I added your message to the Heart & Blood Health Group (https://connect.mayoclinic.org/group/heart-blood-vessel-conditions/) as well as the Men's Health group. I did this so you can connect with members like @thankful @pete398 @peach414144 @seniordon09 @eileena @bonitav and others who have experience with peripheral artery disease.
Leon, is the calf pain a new symptom? Were you able to walk longer distances after the angioplasty?
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No, calf pain started in Dec 2019. Angioplasty in May 2020, no pain till July. Now I can't walk a half mile without stopping, pain is that bad. Do I need a stent
That is something your cardiologist should hear about. If you had angioplasty done once there is a chance that another artery has started to close down have him look at the blood pathways down the legs heart might be good but veins that branch off to the legs might now have created a problem good luck dave
Excessive swelling due to poor blood flow. What can be done to reduce and lessen the pain?
Hi @medicalinfo and welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. I am sorry that you are having poor circulation due to Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD). You will see that I moved your comment to a discussion already started on PAD. I did this to connect you to people like @peggyn, @judeeo, @leongreenjr, @thankful @pete398, @peach414144, @seniordon09, @eileena and @bonitav who have weighed in on this topic.
@medicalinfo Can you share a little more information? When were you diagnosed? How long have you been suffering?
My husband has PAD. He was diagnosed probably two years ago. Has recently had a trans metatarsal operation on the left foot. Two toes amputated on the right foot. The swelling is so bad I fear it is hampering the wound sight from healing.
I have chronic venous insufficiency. Is this in the same family of medicine that you are looking for? Also three stents in the iliac veins. Also have been with this group for many years
I am not sure. We will be going to a new vascular surgeon in two weeks. Each time previously they have nit said anything about the veins. I will look up iliac veins, since I am unfamiliar. Thanks for the concern.
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