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When I went in September to get a CT scan of my left leg for a lump I had on it the scan showed arteriosclerosis in my calf. The VA doctor said nothing to me about this. I went today to a private vascular surgeon and he was quite concerned and ordered an ultrasound for me. I have DMII and I have a positive family history for amputations of the lower extremities. The VA knows this and they did nothing. Just one more reason to take your care into your own hands and run don't walk to a real doctor if you think you have a problem the VA is not addressing. I filed a claim for service connection for the arterioscelorisis secondary to DMII. I am more concerned about losing a leg down the road or having a clot break lose and go to my heart. The VA knows I am positive for heart disease on both sides of my family with high cholesterol and amputations and DMII. You would think these people could put two and two together, but as Pete's case shows they don't care or know what is going on with their patients.

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John, go to the medical records department and get a copy of the actual report from the radiologist who read the Cat Scan. If the Radiologist caught it and put it in the report and your Doc did not follow up on it, Then you should be able to lower the Boom on these people.

That type of activity never ceases to amaze me, It is probally more caused by the practice of mass production medicine.

For any serious issue, I go outside the VA for Care.

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You know it is what you say about mass produced medical care. My doc is OK but she is under so much pressure to get me in and out. I got the CT scan report and the radiologist says in no uncertain terms that there is arterioscelorisis throughout the calf muscle. I gave that report to my real vascular surgeon on the outside who is sending me for the ultrasound. If I even get a hint of a serious condition I go outside the VA for confirmation.

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My wife does CT scans and Special procedures for the VA. Radiologist do get enough credit when they read the films. Primary Doctors are so busy that it is easy to miss something. Sometimes, It has deadly results.

My wife will not let me use the VA for serious issues. Now I know why.

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Many year ago I worked at a VAMC. They did so many open heart surgeries on elderly vets it became a scandal. The reason was that Tampa VAMC is also a teaching hospital for the med school next door. Where better to get practice material than poor, old vets? People who gave so much are treated like welfare patients. Now with cutbacks the VA does not want to do anything.

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I have been there too. Fortunatly, My local VA has always treated me with respect except for an ocasional smart alec clerk. I guess it is because the hospital is small in stature but it is attached to a major medical school and the Interns rotate to the VA. You may not see the same specialist twice because of that.

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I can't come close to telling you how bad it sucks for the VA to not do the right thing on your Medical situation and let something progress till it absolutely takes you down or out. I am still angry about have a 90% blockage that the VA did not catch and I was going and begging to find out why my EKG's kept indication previous heart attack. I just do not understand how a Stress test taken in Feb failed to pick up a 90% blockage. I am looking into it but I have had symptoms since 2000.

That said you know the drill. Be proactive and get the Medical Care you need to prevent a heart attack or stroke. I am starting my exercise program Monday and I have already lost 14 lbs. I am eating better and paying attention to things that will hurt me like sweets.

John hang in there and now that you know do something about it.


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I am going to push for a complete cardivascular check up. My EKG have always been normal. My blood pressure is normal. My pulse rate is about 60 beats a minute. My Cholesterol is about 160 total and yet I have arterioscelorsis. I do take Zocor. I am going to really grill my doctors about my heart and vascular system. I am getting an ultrasound on Tuesday for the legs. What is the most conclusive test for heart problems? I have read that stress tests just don't really show that much. I will go to a cardiologist and just tell him my concerns and I will pay for the tests myself if the insurance or medicare won't pay.

You know the arteriosclerosis was found by accident because I had a CT scan of a bump on my leg just like you found the blockage by accident during the workup for the lap band. I guess to some extent their is just no reason to check me that much but I do have the DMII in a borderline state. This shows the VA does not check up on the possible complications of vets with DMII. Only the most obvious things are checked like the eyes.

You think you are fine and then you discover that you may not be fine. I guess with all the pain I have from injuries I am in a state of denial about the big stuff, but I will get it checked. As soon as I got the DMII diagnosis the VA should have done a complete physical work up on me. What bothers me is that the closest friends I had in Vietnam are all dead or very sick. None of us is older than 58 years old.

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John ,sorry to hear about the leg, I had a similar deal some years ago when I showed up with CAD before I was diagnosed with DM2. A lot of it is unfortunately, in the genes.

Anyway the definitive test for heart blockage is still the angiogram. But it is a surgery and has some danger associated with it. Much progress made with PET scans of the heart but they are extremely $ and still not regarded as the gold standard.

I'm guessing that since they have seen there is a sclerosis problem with your leg , they will be ready to do the angiogram on your heart as well. You are sedated and a dye injected thru your thigh artery (femoral)which shows the blockages in your coronary arteries. No pain ,just a heat sensation with the dye. If they find a significant blockage they usually repair it on the spot( angioplasty or bypass depending on condition}

Good luck and if there is damage dont neglect to connect it to DM2 for comp!!!!

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