While in my case it wasn't anything coronary, I have also had a swollen right leg. Due to a fem-pop bypass. After several years of ever increasing swelling, I accidentally found out about a local rehab/physio clinic that did Coban treatments. My leg was wrapped (wrapping changed twice per week so no showers) and about 2 1/5 weeks later it was almost normal size. This treatment did not hurt at all (teds stockings are excruciating for me) and later I was properly fitted for a compression stocking and toe cap.
I needed permission from my vascular surgeon to get this and also my cardiologist. But htere were no adverse side effects and my calf went from almost 50 cm (20 inches) down to 32 cm (12.5 "). I'm so much more comfortable. I may have to have another course of treatments, but that's ok.
I think the first thing you should do is make an appointment with a doctor. Do you have a cardiologist? If not, start with your family doc. It may be very serious, or it may be something easily treatable. You won't know until you see someone.
I had kidney problems. High potassium is a potentially dangerous issue with kidney patients, especially for those on dialysis like I was. So every once in a while I would indulge. Higher sodium intake in a heart patient is not as critical as high potassium in a kidney patient. So indulging in salt every once in while isn't really that big a deal.
Obviously I'm not a doctor, but my opinion (given all of my own health issues) is that one day of indulgence is not going to hurt. Even when I was on dialysis, I would (at Christmas) have a high potassium day. My Dad who has successfully dealt with his heart disease for over 40 years, also indulges in the odd high fat or salt day. As long as you don't make a habit of it, he should be ok.View Thread
Wow, Cardiostar, thanks so much for all the info. I have had some heart issues previously (small MI when going on dialysis and 2 stents) but that's been it. This is new for me and I didn't know what questions to ask. I'm in the process of educating myself and the good news is that I trust my cardiologist. He has yet to steer me wrong.
Thanks so much for all you posted. I'm going to be placing it in a file along with all my gathered kidney/transplant/diabetes research.
I just had my annual with my cardiologist and the ecg showed BBB. He is sending me for an echocardiogram but still feels that I am fine and will see me again next year. This is completely new for me. I had a small MI in 2001 and then had 2 stents put in. Could anyone tell me a bit about this?
This is sort of in the wrong place but I'm hoping someone will have some experience. I will be undergoing bypass surgery, only it's on my right leg artery, not my heart. Can anyone tell me about what the procedure is like, recovery time, size of incisions, etc? Apparently it is old blockage that has just recently gotten worse (I have a black spot on my big toe) so they are not stenting, but going right to bypass.