Things worsened to the point where he had to get a handicap sticker for his car because very little walking would cause leg pain. To evaluate these debilitating symptoms, Jim underwent an MRI of the arteries of his legs, which revealed significant blockages.
On December 15, 2009, Dr. Daniel Dulas, a peripheral vascular disease specialist at the Metropolitan Heart and Vascular Institute, successfully opened up these blockages in Jim’s legs with angioplasty balloons and stents. This restored much needed blood flow and oxygen down to the leg muscles, and he was able to walk out of Mercy Hospital later the same day without any more pain.
Six months later, while on a motorcycling trip to Iowa, Jim was able to pass all his younger friends walking up to a lookout at the top of a hill.
Now at 69, Jim feels young and alive again.