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I would like to know what to do about the above problem with my legs? Current Dr. just says lose weight and exercise. I have also read about Plavix? Is this something I should check into. I am getting extremely worried because of my dad dying of heart attack at such an early age with no big health problems.


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replied November 21st, 2008
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Given the information you supplied, you might be experiencing peripheral artery disease. In peripheral artery disease leg pain doesn't go away when you are still. An ankle-brachial index can rapidly and easily help with diagnosing peripheral artery disease. Several treatments including: physical activity, a diet low in cholesterol, smoking cessation and certain medications might be suggested by your doctor. In severe cases angioplasty might be needed.


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