Today, about 12 million people in America have peripheral arterial disease. If you require Davenport peripheral arterial disease treatments, Vein & Cardiovascular Center has experts who can perform the procedures, including atherectomy, stents, and angioplasty to restore the flow of blood. Ashish Pal, MD, FACC has more than 20 years of experience in treating peripheral arterial disease, and he is ready to conduct your advanced treatment procedures in his offices.

What is a peripheral arterial disease?

Peripheral arterial disease is a severe artery condition where the blood vessels in your legs become too narrow for the successful passage of blood. It is a very common condition among individuals aged more than 40 years, but it usually goes undiagnosed and untreated.

Causes of peripheral arterial disease

Peripheral arterial disease develops as a result of atherosclerosis, which is the accumulation of plaque within the walls of your arteries. Plaque, which includes cholesterol and fatty deposits, cleaves to the walls of your arteries and then hardens. As it accumulates, plaque restricts the flow of blood and begins causing serious symptoms.

Symptoms of peripheral arterial disease

Reduced blood circulation in your legs and feet can cause various issues, including:
  • Shiny legs, signifying reduced growth of hair.
  • Slow growing nails
  • Discomfort when exercising or walking
  • Poor wound healing
  • Discolored skin
  • Leg cramping
  • Heavy feeling legs
  • Leg pain

If left untreated, the peripheral arterial disease can cause severe arterial blockage, which results in serious limb ischemia. Ischemia occurs when you cannot get sufficient blood to support and nourish your tissues. With severe limb ischemia, pain and other symptoms can increase significantly.

Over time, a complete blockage of your arteries can cause gangrene (the death of tissues) and then likely amputation. You can prevent this by getting your peripheral arterial disease treated before the onset of tissue damage.

Who is at risk of PAD?

The specialists at Vein & Cardiovascular Center can assist you in assessing your risk factors, which include:
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • High cholesterol
  • Being more than 50 years
  • Hypertension
  • Smoking, which multiplies your risk

Usually, you can significantly reduce your risk of the condition by making some changes to your lifestyle. If you already have peripheral arterial disease and receive the right treatment, Dr. Pal can then recommend continuing changes to minimize your risk of artery disease in the future.

Peripheral arterial disease treatment and management

Dr. Pal and his team have extensive experience in treating peripheral arterial disease. They are the leading diagnosticians and treatment providers who customize your treatment plan depending on your specific needs. After diagnosing your peripheral arterial disease using tests like CT scans, MRI, ultrasound, and cardiopulmonary exercise tests, Dr. Pal will explain the best treatment method to restore a healthy flow of blood to your legs.

He might recommend in-office treatments like atherectomy or angioplasty to open your blocked arteries. If required, Dr. Pal might place a stent in your artery – a small tube that keeps your artery open.

Because peripheral arterial disease and chronic kidney conditions usually occur together, you might also need a stent to enhance the flow of blood to your kidneys. For the best pulmonary arterial disease treatments in a convenient and comfortable environment, contact Vein & Cardiovascular Center online or call their offices to schedule an appointment.