Vascular Surgery Spares Leg Muscle of Competitive Swim Coach

For immediate release: October 09, 2014


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For Karen Alexander of Timonium, Maryland, a little pain was nothing. A competitive swimmer and aquatic personal trainer, Karen was used to having sports injuries, so when she noticed sporadic calf pain, she didn’t think to see her doctor. What Karen didn’t realize is that the pain she was feeling was indicative of an aneurysm, a potentially life-threatening condition that almost cost Karen her leg.

When Karen’s calf pain turned to severe foot pain, Karen went to the emergency room at University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center before being transferred to the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) for highly specialized care. 

Read the complete story of Karen Alexander and see photos.