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What causes pain in calves along with shortness of breath?

59 yr old female; reasonably athletic (weight lift, walk 5 miles 4x week). Have been experiencing almost immediate onset of pain in calves, shortness of breath, tight feeling in throat as I begin to walk briskly or exert a bit. EKG / ultrasound shows moderate problem with a heart valve. How concerned should I be? taking extra vitamin E as heard it helps circulation for the leg issue. This just isn t right and I worry about keeping myself going.
Fri, 6 Sep 2019
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Hi,

Yes, it may be deep vein thrombosis or so-called DVT although this is not very likely. I mean that clot is formed inside the big leg vessel. So you need to do Doppler ultrasound to rule this.

Vein thrombosis which is manifested with unilateral swelling of the leg, pain in calf and lividity of the skin.

Some conditions such as pregnancy, obesity and recent surgery may increase the risk of it.

This may be serious if the blood clot travels to the heart and lungs so it should be ruled out as soon as possible and then appropriate treatment can be started.

In most cases, it includes strict resting heparin infusions and aspirin. More invasive procedures are rarely required.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Take care

Regards,
Dr Iven Romic Rommstein, General Surgeon
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