Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Mom had her monthly appointment with her primary care physician today &, as she was having trouble with her legs, she had a Doppler ultrasound on her legs last month. We saw the results today. Below her knees (which is a good thing), she has a popliteal artery that is blocked. Because they're so small, stents can't be put in. However, they're not the main artery, they're side branches, so that's a good thing. However, Dr. Habis told us something that, in all my years of transcribing medical reports, I had never heard of. He said that when a person walks deliberately (you know, not doing housework or gardening, but walking deliberately for at least 10 to 15 minutes, walking until you know you have to stop), you build new collateral arteries (or collaterals as he called them) in your legs. Isn't that too cool!?!?
Just one more reason (& a very good reason at that) to start walking!