The symptoms you describe are not usually associated with a cardiac event. If a person has had a long history of cardiac disease, the entire circulatory system can be affected, with pains in the extremities, but this doesn't appear to be the case with your wife. Your name, nomadfamily, suggests you may not have a regular family physician. However, your wife should see a doctor for a complete physical examination. Her symptoms could be related to a circulatory disorder, such as a deep vein varicosity. Is the temperature of her leg increased or decreased compared to her other leg? Has she had pregnancies? Does she have a regular exercise program, such a daily walks? Is her lifestyle sedentary or active? How much overweight is she? All of these factors must be taken into consideration, and would be evaluated in a complete physical examination, as suggested. Early intervention is the best key to successful treatment, so I urge her to see a doctor at the earliest opportunity. I hope this is helpful to you.
Good luck to you both.
Faye, RN, MSW