Leg Pain

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Heart & Vascular Institute

Interventional Cardiovascular Specialists serving Michigan

Ongoing issues with leg pain may indicate that you have underlying problems with your circulatory system. If your leg pain persists or keeps you up at night, schedule an evaluation with a cardiologist at Heart & Vascular Institute in Wayne, Dearborn, Detroit, or Southfield, Michigan, today. Click on the online booking tool or call the office nearest you to schedule your leg pain exam.

Leg Pain Q & A

What causes leg pain?

Leg pain is often associated with soft tissue injuries and wear-and-tear. However, in many cases, the cause of leg pain is linked to vein and artery issues. Some of the most common causes of leg pain that a cardiologist can treat include:

  • Peripheral artery disease
  • Venous thromboembolism
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Varicose veins 

Because these circulatory issues, and others, can indicate serious health issues and may be linked to a higher risk of heart disease, it’s important to come in to Heart & Vascular Institute for a comprehensive leg pain evaluation. 

How does a doctor diagnose leg pain?

Your dedicated cardiologist at Heart & Vascular Institute spends time evaluating you and discussing all of your symptoms to determine which diagnostic tests you may need. Some of the most common leg pain diagnostic tools include:

  • Blood tests 
  • Ankle-brachial index (ABI)
  • Doppler and ultrasound imaging
  • Angiography (imaging with contrast)

In many cases, your cardiologist at Heart & Vascular Institute can use these in-office tests to quickly diagnose your condition or rule out related concerns on the spot. 

Once your cardiologist diagnoses you, they educate you about your health and which leg pain treatment solutions you may need. 

Which leg pain treatment will I need?

Your leg pain treatment plan from Heart & Vascular Institute is personalized to you and your diagnosis. Depending on the severity of your condition and your overall health, your cardiologist could recommend:

  • Taking medications to lower your cholesterol or blood pressure
  • Increasing your physical activity level
  • Losing and managing your weight
  • Managing diabetes (if applicable)
  • Taking blood thinning medications 
  • Quitting smoking 

Heart & Vascular Institute also offers laser and surgical solutions to treat the cause of your leg pain. For instance, if you have throbbing varicose veins, a laser ablation procedure may be the best option for you. 

But if you have a more complex diagnosis, a stent placement procedure may be necessary to keep your arteries open. Your cardiologist can also remove excess plaque buildup or perform any other necessary repairs to improve the health of your veins and arteries, so your leg pain resolves. 

Before suffering from leg pain another day, see how the team at Heart & Vascular Institute can help. You can schedule a leg pain evaluation through the website or by phone with any office directly.