Charles L. Mesh, MD
Specialty: Vascular Surgery
- Vascular Surgery
Location and Office HoursCardiac Vascular & Thoracic Surgeons Inc
4030 Smith Rd Ste 300
Cincinnati, OH 45209
- monday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
- tuesday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
- wednesday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
- thursday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
- friday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
- Bethesda North Hospital
- Christ Hospital
- Cincinnati VA Medical Center
- Clinton Memorial Hospital
- Good Samaritan Hospital
- Jewish Hospital
- Mercy Hospital Anderson
- Mercy Hospital Clermont
- Mercy Hospital Fairfield
- Mercy Hospital Mt Airy
- Mercy Hospital Western Hills
- Miami Valley Hospital
- Select Specialty Hospital Cincinnati
- St Elizabeth Edgewood
- St Elizabeth Ft Thomas
What diseases does the Legs For Life program screen for?
Society of Interventional Radiology answeredLegs For Life was originally designed to screen for peripheral arterial disease (PAD). It currently also screens for abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA), venous disease and carotid artery disease, which is a red flag for stroke.Helpful? 1 person found this helpful.
How will my doctor check if my leg cramps are due to a vascular problem?
Roman Nowygrod, MD, Vascular Surgery, answered on behalf of Columbia University Department of Surgery
To check if a patient's leg cramps are due to vascular problems, first I perform a physical exam that includes special attention to any sign of problems with the arteries and veins. I look for any reduction or asymmetry in arterial pulses or history of claudication. This often manifests as repetitive symptoms of cramping brought on by exercise and relieved by rest.
Depending on the individual's health history and physical exam, I may then perform venous or arterial testing, or both. These circulation tests include Doppler and ultrasound, which are completely noninvasive and painless.
When primary care or other doctors have referred a patient to my office, they have already ruled out thyroid disease, kidney disease, heart disease, abnormalities in blood chemistry and other health issues that could be associated with leg cramping. My task is to determine whether vascular disease is involved.
What are risk factors for aortic disease?
Stephen Hazelrigg, MD, Thoracic Surgery (Cardiothoracic Vascular), answered on behalf of The Society of Thoracic SurgeonsAortic disease risk factors are mostly related to atherosclerosis and include hypertension (or high blood pressure), smoking, high cholesterol, and diabetes. A sedentary and stressful lifestyle may also increase your risk, although these two are probably not quite as important as the first ones listed. There is also a relatively rare genetic disorder that causes a weakening of the wall of the artery. In addition, vasculitis, an inflammatory disease of the vessels possibly caused by infection or an autoimmune disease, can cause a weakening of the artery and aortic disease.
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