Specific symptoms of leg pain may indicate an impending heart attack. Especially with calf pain, which occur while walking or running and then relax, if you stop, could indicate an arteriosclerosis. According to the German Heart Foundation, this also applies to pain that occurs when patients lie down and experience pain in the region of the toes, which diminishes as soon as they get up again.
"Both symptoms can be a typical indication of arteriosclerosis," says the foundation. In arteriosclerosis, deposits occur at various parts of the body, which in turn lead to circulatory disorders, says Prof. Dr. med. Eike Sebastian Debus from the Clinic for Vascular Medicine at the University Heart Center Hamburg in the current issue of the newsletter of the Heart Foundation.
Other leg sections may also be affected
"Even though the pain most commonly occurs in the calves when arteries calcify in the legs, other sections of the leg can also be affected. Depending on where the vascular deposits block the blood flow, z. As well as complaints in the thighs or in the buttocks possible, which should also be a doctor's visit, "as the physician explained.
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As the pain in the legs in arteriosclerosis often occurs later in the disease, significant calcification is often already present at this timeCoronary vessels available. In the further course, this can result in an acute and life-threatening heart attack.
Patients affected by the described calf pain and / or leg pain should, in consultation with the physician, insist that not only the legs but also the heart are regularly examined. Adequate examinations are an ECG, cardiac ultrasound, exercise ECG and, if necessary, a minimally invasive cardiac catheter examination, the costs of which are also covered by the statutory health insurance companies. Ultimately, the doctor decides which diagnostic means must be used.
complaints are serious
sufferers should take the complaints seriously, so the vascular physician. The risk of a heart attack is very high. According to some statistical surveys, 75 percent of those affected later succumb to a heart attack. The statistics show that with this complaint the risk is clearly above the national average.
How to Prevent Arteriosclerosis
To protect against atherosclerosis, several effective measures can be taken. The best option is active movement. For example, endurance sports can typically "significantly slow down" the development of arteriosclerosis. Even smoking should be stopped. Studies have shown that as early as 24 months after the last cigarette, the risk of further vascular deposits is similar to that of non-smoking normal people. In addition, "the pressure should be taken from the legs".This refers to the permanent lowering of blood pressure, as far as hypertension is concerned. Last but not least, according to the medical profession, it also helps to reduce an existing overweight with the help of a healthy and balanced Mediterranean cuisine, with plenty of fish, vegetables and good olive oil.(sb)
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