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Doctors advocate cautious approach with heart

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Doctors say there's no such thing as being too cautious when it comes to health. When something doesn't feel right, check it out. 

Mike Mitchell is an active man. A few months back he began feeling pain in his leg. He thought it was normal, until it wasn't. 

"I ignored it for several weeks thinking it was a pulled muscle or a pulled calf muscle," Mitchell said. 

That wasn't the case. 

"The artery above his knee was completely blocked so the whole part of the leg down to the foot was getting no blood," Marc Levine, a cardiologist at Covenant said. 

Mitchell couldn't walk more than a block without feeling severe pain. Covenant performed a procedure to clear the blockage. 

"There's been 100% improvement," Mitchell said. "By the next weekend, I was getting back to my normal exercise routine."

Had he waited much longer, Mitchell may have ended up with an amputated leg - or worse. 

"Nobody dies from a blockage in their leg. What they die from are blockages somewhere else like their head, heart and they get heart attacks or strokes," Levine said. 

The message from doctors remains the same. 

"Symptoms get so debilitating that you can't do your daily activities. You can't walk at all or run or exercise and it really impairs what you do day in and day out."

With the blockage cleared and fully healed, Mitchell plans to take a trip to Europe next week. 

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