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 Statins, Blood Thinners, and Exercise May Decrease Leg Pain

New video explains leg pain in layman’s terms

April 11, 2012     Contact: Sue Crosson-Knutson    312-334-2311

CHICAGO - Andres U. Katz, M.D., a vascular surgeon with Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas, Presbyterian Hospital of Plano, and Doctors Hospital in Dallas, Texas, is featured in a new broadcast-quality healthcare video produced by the Society for Vascular Surgery®.

The video explains that intermittent pain or claudication that occurs in the legs after exercise may indicate plaque buildup in the blood vessels known as atherosclerosis. The narrowing of non-heart and brain arteries is known as Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD). The condition affects eight to 12 million Americans. Most are over age 50.   

“Most often, claudication can be treated with statins, blood thinners, and exercise,” said Dr. Katz. To decrease the risk for PAD, Americans should:
  • quit smoking
  • maintain a healthy body weight
  • control cholesterol
  • control diabetes
“Most patients who have problems from arteriosclerosis don’t suffer consequences from the claudication,” said Dr. Katz. “They suffer consequences from heart disease and stroke. A comparison of blood pressure in the upper arm and ankle can indicate a blockage that limits blood flow to the legs.”
In advanced cases, an angioplasty, stent, or bypass surgery may be necessary to re-open the blood vessels.

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