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82 yoM, Pradaxa(Afib) til 7/8, when pain, small gangrene 5th toe. Now much worse.CABG, dementia, uses walker. Arteriogram/surg possible before 7/15?

 82 yoM, Pradaxa(Afib) til 7/8, when pain, small gangrene 5th toe. Now much worse.CABG, dementia, uses walker. Arteriogram/surg possible before 7/15?

Unclear question.: certainly consulting current treating physicians about surgery on the toe makes sense. The things that increase risk of heart disease and need for CABG all increase likelihood of dementia. Major surgeries like a CABG can cause, worsen and/or make cognitive impairment and dementia more apparent. Palliative care and symptom management may be a preferred approach. ...Read more

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Diabetes (Definition)

Diabetes is a disease of increased blood glucose levels. Glucose is a type of sugar that comes from the intake of food. Insulin is a type of hormone that removes the glucose from the blood and moves it into the cells to provide them with energy. There are two different types of diabetes: type 1 and type 2. Type 1 diabetes is when the body does not make any insulin. Therefore, glucose stays inside the blood and does not move into the cells. Type 2 diabetes, which is commonly associated with obesity, is when the body is either resistant to the effects of insulin or when the body does not produce enough insulin. Increased levels of glucose in the body causes severe damage to the ...Read more


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I'm having bad circulation in my legs and diabetes is causing my toe to become black. Will gangrene spread?

I'm having bad circulation in my legs and diabetes is causing my toe to become black. Will gangrene spread?

Depends: Gangrene is not like an infection that spreads on its own. It develops when tissue dies from poor circulation. The best way to check if the gangrene is going to progress is to evaluate the blood flow to the foot. This can be done with an arterial ultrasound. ...Read more

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How to increase blood circulation in legs after gangrene?

How to increase blood circulation in legs after gangrene?

Ambulate: You asked how to increase blood circulation after gangrene. You have concerns about low blood pressure in the legs. The best advise would be to walk as much as you can tolerate. We know that patients who start an exercise program of walking until the feel pain i the legs are able to increase their walking overtime. These patients improve their circulation. ...Read more

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Are poor circulation and dry gangrene associated with diabetes?

Are poor circulation and dry gangrene associated with diabetes?

Yes: Diabetes is one of the major causes for atherosclerosis which can affect lower extremities and if left untreated will lead to severe occlusions and gangrene. ...Read more

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Mother, 66, had gangrene/ partial foot amputation, is not diabetic, had 3 stents in her legs due to poor circulation & heavy smoker. Life expectancy?

Mother, 66, had gangrene/ partial foot amputation, is not diabetic, had 3 stents in her legs due to poor circulation & heavy smoker. Life expectancy?

Statistically...: Unfortunately, these effects you describe don't just have an effect on the feet and legs. The effect vital organs are effected as well. 5 years has been reported as an expected life span after an amputation, but this is just an average. It could be more or less depending on many other lifestyle factors. ...Read more

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What can I give my dad for the circulation problem and two toes that have gangrene. Hes in a lot of pain. But hes a dialysis patient.

What can I give my dad for the circulation problem and two toes that have gangrene. Hes in a lot of pain. But hes a dialysis patient.

Talk to doctor: He can have pain medication prescribed by his doctor. Also, he should have the feet looked at by a podiatrist. Having the painful toes amputated may provide him relief, and may be necessary if he has or develops wet gangrene. ...Read more

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If a person has gangrene in his toe, why is it necessary to eliminate half of his leg?

If a person has gangrene in his toe, why is it necessary to eliminate half of his leg?

Not always: Even if there is only visible toe gangrene sometimes the surgeon is concerned about poor healing of the toe amputation wound. Perhaps the circulation is so poor that an amputation at the level of the knee is more likely to heal. Sometimes the circulation can be improved to increase the chances of healing. ...Read more

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What may be causing me to experience toe numbness? I began experiencing numbness in my toes on my right foot when i awoke yesterday, I am still experiencing it with what feels like poor circulation in my leg.

What may be causing me to experience toe numbness? I began experiencing numbness in my toes on my right foot when i awoke yesterday, I am still experiencing it with what feels like poor circulation in my leg.

Two separate problem: Poor circulation should always be followed up by a vasc doctor. There are many reasons for possible neuropathy including but not limited to system disease, nerve compression, vitamin deficiency, side effects of medications or medical treatments. ...Read more

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I have had diabetes for 31 years and have had many issues with my toes, feet and lower legs. I have had much succe?

I have had diabetes for 31 years and have had many issues with my toes, feet and lower legs. I have had much succe?

Don't know: what your question is, but if you have had diabetes for 31 years you need to keep your sugar in as tight a control as possible, take proper precautions with your feet, and follow up closely with your physician and possibly a podiatrist, ...Read more

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I'm 35 years old, overweight. I smoked for 18 years. My left leg hurts,a few hard red lumps, toes keep turning blue. Could this be a circulation issue?

I'm 35 years old, overweight. I smoked for 18 years. My left leg hurts,a few hard red lumps, toes keep turning blue. Could this be a circulation issue?

Yes, circulation: can be the issue. Please see your doc ASAP to avoid further or permanent damage. Congratulations on freeing yourself from smoking. That is helpful. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Dickson
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Gangrene (Definition)

Gangrene is the natural end outcome for irreversible tissue ischemia, characterized by tissue infarction, liquefactive or dry necrosis, and infection with multiple bacterial organisms. Usually a result of loss of arterial oxygenated blood ...Read more


Dr. Michael Gabor
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Circulation (Definition)

1.Movement to and fro or around something, esp. That of fluid in a closed system. 2.The continuous motion by which the blood travels through all parts of the body under the action of the heart. Compliments ...Read more