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Peripheral Artery Disease in Dallas, TX

Vanguard Vascular & Vein treats peripheral artery disease for the residents of Garland, Rowlett, and the Greater Dallas area.

Peripheral artery disease (PAD), also known as atherosclerosis, poor circulation, or hardening of the arteries is a common problem—especially among the older population. It leads to cramping or achiness in the legs, gangrene and makes patients more susceptible to other circulatory problems.

WHAT CAUSES PERIPHERAL ARTERY DISEASE?

Peripheral artery disease most often occurs after a buildup of fatty deposits in the arteries. This is called plaque. Over time, this buildup becomes more severe, and blood flow is reduced—especially in the extremities. Much less often, peripheral artery disease occurs after an accident or injury that reduces circulation to the arms or legs.

AM I AT RISK FOR PERIPHERAL ARTERY DISEASE?

Some of the most common risk factors associated with peripheral artery disease are the following:

  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Age (Those 50 and older are most susceptible.)
  • Family history of heart disease

HOW CAN I PREVENT PERIPHERAL ARTERY DISEASE?

While you may not be able to change your family history, some of the risk factors can be avoided or minimized. Controlling weight, blood pressure and cholesterol through diet and exercise are key. Additionally, those who smoke are encouraged to quit. Taking care of other health problems may also help prevent PAD from occurring or worsening.

HOW IS PERIPHERAL ARTERY DISEASE TREATED?

Besides avoiding the risk factors mentioned above by quitting smoking, lowering blood pressure, lowering cholesterol and being physically active, medicines can be used to treat blood pressure and cholesterol, prevent blood clots and help ease leg pain that occurs from walking. Surgery or procedure options include: bypass grafting, angioplasty and stenting, and atherectomy.

Whether you have PAD or just want to work with an expert to prevent it from occurring, Vanguard Vascular & Vein can help. For more information, or to schedule an appointment with one of our vascular surgeons http://www.thevanguardway.com/about-us/meet-the-doctors-in-dallas-tx/ in our Garland or Rowlett, Texas office, call Vanguard Vascular & Vein at (972) 487-1818.

Vanguard Vascular & Vein is a leading vascular care provider serving Garland, Rowlett, and the Greater Dallas area. Our patients rely on us for individualized care and a holistic approach that addresses all of their vascular care needs. We are the first practice in the area, and one of only five in the country, to receive Registered Physician in Vascular Interpretation (RPVI) accreditation. The accreditation assures our patients that the care they receive meets the highest professional standards for vascular ultrasound interpretation. To learn more about the Vanguard Way, please visit our About Us http://www.thevanguardway.com/about-us/ page.

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