Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) Treatment
PAD Specialists in Arizona
If chronic pain from Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) has you feeling like you have run out of options, do not dismay. There is help available, found through treatments performed by the highly skilled surgeons at Pima Vascular who are dedicated to improving the lives of those living with PAD. Before you concede to the idea that amputation is the only solution for your vascular condition, contact Pima Vascular and learn more about limb preservation and minimally invasive peripheral interventions.
The physicians at Pima Vascular are active in supporting and speaking at educational symposia related to PAD Treatment and Peripheral Intervention. Early detection of PAD and a holistic approach to treatment can make a significant difference on the outcomes and prognosis of those living with this disease. Providers seek to show that there are non-invasive alternatives to amputation and that patients should exhaust those avenues before resorting to such drastic measures.
What Causes Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)?
Peripheral Artery Disease is a condition that affects the circulation and blood flow to the extremities and usually legs. Patients with PAD develop narrowed arteries which restricts blood-flow which creates pain when walking or exercising. If your legs and feet often feel cold, or do not seem to heal as quickly as you believe they should when you have a blister or cut, you could be suffering from poor blood flow to your limbs. What many people do not realize is that those same dangers can also cause clogged arteries in your extremities and lead to Peripheral Artery Disease. There are less common causes of PAD, including blood vessel inflammation, injury and radiation exposure. In all cases of PAD you can reduce your risk of developing complications with exercise and incorporating a healthy diet into your daily routine. Those that live an inactive lifestyle are most at risk and should be aware of the symptoms and prognosis of this arterial condition. Most importantly, you can reduce your risk by seeing a physician for routine exams to identify risk factors for PAD. With early diagnosis and treatment, it is possible to prevent the serious health risks of this condition.
Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) Symptoms
The symptoms of PAD include swelling, pain and sensitivity in the limbs due to the narrowing of arteries and poor blood flow to the affected areas. Over time, this can result in sores, fragile skin, pain and further complications. Perhaps the most common complication seen are blood clots. There are alternative ways to treat PAD that do not include amputation. The key to recovery is knowing the available alternatives and resources for living with this condition.
What treatments are available for PAD?
With early detection you may benefit from prescribed medication that can help reduce the effects of PAD and restore blood flow to the legs and feet. Aspirin and other blood-thinners may be prescribed to prevent arterial blockages. The physicians at Pima Vascular offer minimally invasive procedures to remedy blockages and reduced blood flow for advanced cases of PAD. These innovative treatments have little recovery time and can lead to life-changing results for those affected by this disease. Common treatments include angioplasty with stenting and atherectomy. The increase in options and endovascular therapies give those living with peripheral-artery disease hope for the future. The innovative treatment options create less risk and recovery than surgical procedures that could compromise overall health, well-being and quality of life. Know that there are alternatives to amputation.
Ankle-Brachial Index Test
One of the most important tests used to help determine the presence and severity of PAD is called the ankle-brachial index (ABI). This test measures resting blood pressure in the ankle and arm and is often repeated after light exercise. If you are experiencing symptoms of PAD ask your primary care physician about this test or contact us to schedule an ABI test.