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The „Hoses of Life“

Swollen legs, diabetic feet, ugly varicoses, peripheral artery occlusive disease. We still know too little about how our blood circulation system works. Our blood vessels are the „hoses of life“. They transport our blood, which provides us with oxygen and nutrients. They can become calcified and clogged like any other pipe. It happens faster than you would think! High blood pressure, diabetes, overweight, and cigarettes facilitate vascular diseases.

Cold feet in the summer and recurring cramps in the leg while walking can indicate a serious damage to your blood vessels. Without treatment, this can lead to losing your leg.

Underestimated Vascular Problems

Leading Medicine Guide expert Professor Weigang, vascular surgery specialist and head physician at the Hubertus Hospital in Berlin, warns: „Pain while walking often indicates a possible calcification of the blood vessels. More than 1 million people in Germany are now affected by this disease. If the pain is mainly in the legs, it’s probably peripheral artery disease.“ In this case, pain is a warning signal for an impending „leg infarct“.

These signs are often not taken seriously. Leg pain is caused by residues of fat and lime in the vessels, and appears while walking. „Sadly, many people don’t go to see a doctor. Instead, they just walk less and less,“ the professor criticizes. Rest is not the right way in this case! Indeed, movement would improve the blood flow. Without a professional diagnosis and treatment, the calcification might go on. This causes further narrowing, blood clots can emerge, and small particles can reach the legs. This causes a „leg infarct“, which, in turn, can cause you to lose a leg.

 

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GOOD TO KNOW


Are cold feet a bad sign?

One in two women has cold feet occasionally. This does not neccessarily stem from a malign disease. Often it is caused by a lack of iron, meager muscles, or low blood pressure. Permanently cold feet, even in the summer, however, are an indicator for constricted blood vessels or a weak heart. It is advisable to seek medical consultation before things get worse.


See an expert who is at home in this subject

Professor Weigang is one of the leading experts of vascular surgery. He is specialized in the open and endovascular surgery of the aorta, hybrid procedures, revascularization and reconstruction of all vessels in the throat, shoulders, and arms, as well as vascular prostheses and stent graft infections. He treats complex medical conditions of the aorta, carotis stenosis, and the aforementioned diabetic feet, peripheral artery disease, and ulcus cruris.


What are diabetic feet?

A constantly high blood sugar level can cause diabetes. This can damage the nerves and blood vessels in your legs and feet. Symptoms are dissociative anaesthesia and sensory loss as well as neuropathic pain. This syndrome is called „diabetic foot“. The immune system is weakened, which can give way to more inflammations.


What is Charcot’s syndrome?

Arteries in the leg are constricted and cause circulatory disorders. Oxygen supply is impaired, which causes pain while walking.


Source: Leading Medicine Guide

At the Hubertus Hospital’s clinic for vascular surgery and endovascular therapy, most of the patients are elderly people with an average age of 79 and vascular problems of all kinds. Elderly people are prone to vascular diseases. Thus, it is crucial to immediately contact an expert, who can perform endovascular procedures. Professor Weigang and his team, consisting of 10 medical specialists working interdisciplinarily, perform over 1.000 surgeries every year. They take place in an ultramodern operating room (see image below).

Source: Ev. Krankenhaus Hubertus

Source: Ev. Krankenhaus Hubertus

Does vascular fitness training sound like fun?

Take a cold shower. Massage your calves to soften your muscles and increase blood flow. Get up – don’t sit for extended periods of time, especially not with legs crossed. Be a ballerina – stand on your toes.

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