4.9 of 8 Ratings
A 65-year-old man with a past medical history of anterior myocardial infarction, peripheral arterial disease, and known patent foramen ovale presents to the emergency department after being found down from a fall on the sidewalk in the middle of winter. He states that his right leg feels numb and painful at the same time. He insists that he did not slip on ice or snow, yet fell suddenly. He is taking aspirin, simvastatin, and cilostazol. Vital signs show T 98.0 F, BP 100/60, HR 100, RR 18. His pulse is irregularly irregular. His right leg appears pale with no dorsalis pedis and posterior tibial pulses compared to 2+ pulses on the left. He cannot discern soft or sharp touch in his right leg. Which intervention will most likely improve the viability of this patient's right leg?
Percutaneous transluminal stent implantation
Catheter-based thrombectomy / thrombolysis
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A 63-year-old man presents to the clinic complaining of burning bilateral leg pain which has been increasing gradually over the past several months. It worsens when he walks but improves with rest. His past medical and surgical history are significant for hypertension, hyperlipidemia, diabetes, and a 40-pack-year smoking history. His temperature is 99.0°F (37.2°C), blood pressure is 167/108 mm Hg, pulse is 88/min, respirations are 13/min, and oxygen saturation is 95% on room air. Physical exam of the lower extremities reveals palpable but weak posterior tibial and dorsalis pedis pulses bilaterally. Which of the following is the best initial treatment for this patient's symptoms?
Balloon angioplasty with stenting
Exercise and smoking cessation
Lisinopril and atorvastatin
Lovenox and atorvastatin