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I have been diagnosed with sever focal stenosis with claudication in my left superficial femoral artery. What can be done to improve this condidtion?

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Dr. Waseem Barham
Internal Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Vascular disease

You need to be evaluated by a vascular physician who could be either a cardiologist with peripheral vascular sub-specialty or a vascular surgeon.
You're describing symptomatic type of peripheral vascular disease and there is a risk of progressing to limb ischemia and complications. Should you develop any left leg pain at rest, coldness, or loss of sensation/numbness, then you should go to the ED.

In brief: Vascular disease

You need to be evaluated by a vascular physician who could be either a cardiologist with peripheral vascular sub-specialty or a vascular surgeon.
You're describing symptomatic type of peripheral vascular disease and there is a risk of progressing to limb ischemia and complications. Should you develop any left leg pain at rest, coldness, or loss of sensation/numbness, then you should go to the ED.
Dr. Waseem Barham
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Dr. Paul Skudder
Surgery - Vascular
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In brief: Be reassured!

Most patients with claudication do well for a long time.
NEVER smoke. Aspirin & statin daily unless good reason not to. This slows plaque growth. Leg exercise & med called cilostazol can reduce symptoms. If claudication really impacts lifestyle angioplasty or bypass surgery can relieve symptoms. Procedures optional unless wounds or skin breakdown on feet. Dont be scared into unnecessary procedure!

In brief: Be reassured!

Most patients with claudication do well for a long time.
NEVER smoke. Aspirin & statin daily unless good reason not to. This slows plaque growth. Leg exercise & med called cilostazol can reduce symptoms. If claudication really impacts lifestyle angioplasty or bypass surgery can relieve symptoms. Procedures optional unless wounds or skin breakdown on feet. Dont be scared into unnecessary procedure!
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