Believe it or not, leg pain can indicate heart problems or another serious medical condition. If you’re experiencing chronic leg pain, interventional cardiologist Matthew Jones, MD, can help at BKLYNCardio in Brooklyn, New York. He conducts specialized tests to determine if your leg pain is caused by an underlying heart condition and creates a customized treatment plan just for you. Call BKLYNCardio to learn more or book an appointment online today.
Leg pain can take many forms. If you experience leg pain, you might be having the following signs or symptoms:
In some cases, leg pain indicates a serious blood vessel or heart problem requiring immediate medical attention.
There are a variety of factors that can lead to leg pain, including arthritis, normal wear and tear, a muscle or joint injury, or nerve problems related to diabetes or smoking.
However, other causes of leg pain can be related to your heart or blood vessels and may require medical attention from a cardiologist. Examples include:
Leg pain associated with PAD, or the narrowing of peripheral arteries in the legs, arms, stomach, or head, increases your risk of a dangerous heart attack, stroke, or even loss of limb. That’s why early detection and treatment boosts your chance of maintaining a long, healthy life.
Dr. Jones determines if leg pain is caused by PAD or another heart-related problem using a physical exam, electrocardiogram (EKG), stress test, blood or imaging tests, blood pressure tests, or cardiac catheterization.
Once the underlying cause has been identified, Dr. Jones discusses treatment options with you. Treatment addresses both the leg pain itself, as well as the condition that’s causing leg pain.
Some recommended treatments may include:
Dr. Jones recommends the most holistic, least invasive options first. However, he also understands the importance of cardiovascular procedures to give you the highest quality of life possible.
When you’re ready to ease leg pain once and for all, call BKLYNCardio today or schedule an appointment online with Dr. Jones.