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Mike Ludwig Patient Story

Patient Stories: “Modern Vascular Gave Me the Answers I Needed”

It wasn’t Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD), but it was something.

Mike Ludwig is a retired business owner and long-time resident of San Antonio. 

In January of this year, Mike saw a Modern Vascular ad on Facebook that spoke to him. The ad explained that night-time leg cramps could be a sign of Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) and he wanted to learn more. He called the number on the Modern Vascular website and spoke to Licensed Vocational Nurse and Patient Advocate, Julie Miller. Mike told Julie about his leg pain, describing his legs as feeling like “a chunk of concrete”, “in a vice”, “electrically charged” and “on fire.” Julie explained to Mike that much of what he was feeling were classic symptoms of PAD but he should have a complete consultation to know for sure. 

Mike was in a great deal of pain and instead went to the ER that night, where he said they provided a quick exam and an initial diagnosis of sciatica.  But something about this just did not sit well with Mike and he soon gave Julie another call and asked if he could please see a medical professional at Modern Vascular’s Lexington location. 

Upon entering the clinic Mike was immediately thrilled with the attention he received, starting with Christine at the front desk. “Everyone was so professional,” said Mike.  “They kept telling me, we are going to get to the bottom of this. I really felt like they cared about my well-being.”  Mike said the ultrasound tech, Michael Johnson, was extremely thorough, reviewing his entire vascular system from head to toe. 

The Advanced Practice Provider, Karen Summy, took the time to explain all of the findings in detail and answered his questions. The news was not good. They found a 100% blocked aorta and an 80% blocked carotid artery. Mike would need major surgery, and they referred him to a Vascular Surgeon at a local hospital who specialized in his condition. 

Even though Mike was not a candidate for Modern Vascular’s services, Mike is appreciative to everyone on the Modern Vascular team for their help.  “Julie was a Godsend.” He said.  “She got me on the right path and then the clinic team took it from there. At the hospital, they did not even take my sock off. So many people are eager to tell a bad story when things don’t go their way.  I wanted to take the time to talk about Modern Vascular’s gold standard care. I am just so thankful.”

Peripheral Artery Disease can be effectively treated when diagnosed early and properly.

You can schedule a comprehensive evaluation for peripheral artery disease at a Modern Vascular clinic if you believe that you are at risk or to put your mind at ease.

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