What is Peripheral Arterial Disease?
Peripheral Arterial Disease Treatments
Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) is a very common circulation problem that numerous individuals face. Essentially, the arteries that carry blood to your arms, and legs are narrowed and can become clogged. Due to this blockage, normal blood flow is interrupted, which often causes pain with movement of the affected limb.
The most common cause of PAD is atherosclerosis, which is the hardening of your arteries that can occur as a result of smoking, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure.
This hardening of your arteries is a gradual process where scar tissues and cholesterol begin to build up and form plaque inside the arteries, clogging the blood vessels. If left untreated, the lack of blood flow may require the individual to have his or her limb amputated.
As plaque buildup increases, the blood flow will narrow and restrict blood from passing through. This then blocks oxygen and other necessary nutrients from flowing through to their normal tissues, ultimately leading to heart attacks, strokes, and possibly death.
In the legs, these earliest signs include trouble walking a short distance due to pain. This is called claudication. If the blockages progress to the point where only minimal blood flow is going to the foot, the pain becomes severe and is present at all times, termed rest pain. At this point, you may have critical limb ischemia which increases your chance of needing an amputation if treatment is not undertaken.
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If you have been diagnosed with peripheral arterial disease, we strongly recommend you schedule an appointment with our vascular medical expert and double certified vascular surgeon, Dr. Vinit Varu. We have successfully treated hundreds of patients in improving their overall health through the highest quality medical care.
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With our clinical and surgical expertise, you can trust our team to offer you informed services and safe procedures. Our world-class facility also utilizes state-of-the-art equipment to deliver the best possible results to our patients.
We encourage you to get tested for peripheral arterial disease if you:
Lead an inactive lifestyle
Are 50 years of age or older
Come from a family with a history of Vascular disease
Have high cholesterol or high blood lipids
Have a history of smoking or currently smoke
Experience cramping in the muscles when walking / exercising
Have a history of heart disease or high blood pressure
Feel pain in your legs or feet that causes you to wake from sleep
When you meet with our arterial specialist, Dr. Vinit N. Varu, at Texan Vein & Vascular, we will perform a comprehensive review of your medical history in order to offer you the best treatment plan possible. We prioritize client satisfaction and will provide you with the personalized attention and progressive medical options you need to attain optimal health.