Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) in Dallas TX
Vanguard Vascular & Vein treats peripheral artery disease (PAD) for the residents of Garland, Rowlett, and the Greater Dallas area.
The Vascular Disease Foundation reports that peripheral artery disease (PAD) affects as many as 12 million people in the United States. At least 10% and as much as 35% of adults have veins that do not function properly. These vein abnormalities that may not be significant early in life may lead to venous disease as you get older.
Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is also known as atherosclerosis, poor circulation, or hardening of the arteries. As you age, your chance of developing peripheral artery disease (PAD) increases. Many people who live with peripheral artery disease (PAD) are unaware that they have the condition. Symptoms may not surface until later in life, or when an artery becomes at least 60% blocked because your body naturally tries to develop new paths for blood flow as arteries begin to narrow.
Am I at Risk for Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)?
Your age affects your risk for developing peripheral artery disease (PAD). Approximately 3% of adults age 40 to 59 are affected by the condition. For adults age 60 to 69, approximately 8% of the population is affected, and for those who are 70 and older, the disease affects approximately 19% of the population.
Your general health and family history significantly affect your chances of developing peripheral artery disease (PAD). Proper diet and exercise may decrease your likelihood of developing the condition. Other risk factors include smoking, high cholesterol, heart disease, and diabetes.
What Are the Symptoms of Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)?
Many of our peripheral artery disease (PAD) patients do not notice symptoms of the condition. For those who do have symptoms, the most common is cramping of the legs while walking. This is known as “intermittent claudication.” The cramping typically disappears when these patients rest their legs, and the pain may be intense enough that these patients stop walking to avoid the cramping. Other indications of peripheral artery disease (PAD) include numbness, weakness, or heaviness in your legs. In more advanced cases, the feet and legs burn or ache. Symptoms typically appear at night while lying down. Some of the more uncommon symptoms of peripheral artery disease (PAD) include cooling of the skin on the legs or feet, changes to skin color, hair loss, and sores on the toes or feet that do not heal.
How Does the Vanguard Way Help Me with Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)?
The physicians and staff of Vanguard Vascular & Vein work every day to remain at the edge of vascular care. A doctor can begin to diagnose peripheral artery disease (PAD) by reviewing your medical history, conducting a physical examination, and testing your blood. Your doctor will check the pulse and blood pressure in your limbs. Imaging tests are used to view the condition of your blood vessels.
Your physician may perform a simple non-invasive measurement in the office called the ankle-brachial index (ABI) where the blood pressure is measured to determine the elasticity of your arteries. A Doppler ultrasound is used to create an image of your blood vessels when a device is gently placed on your skin. Intravascular ultrasound allows a view from inside the blood vessel walls by using a catheter device. A dye and X-ray are used to show an image of the blood vessels with an angiography. Magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) produces extremely detailed views of the blood vessels. Your physician may also recommend an arterial duplex of the extremities. This ultrasound is performed on the arms and legs to detect peripheral artery disease (PAD) or blockages in circulation to the arms or legs due to atherosclerosis or other diseases.
Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is treated with medication and surgery. The purpose of treatment is to relieve symptoms and improve circulation. Medication may be used to thin the blood and open the arteries to increase blood flow. Surgery may be used to repair the lining of an artery, replace the affected artery with a graft, or bypass the affected area with a synthetic blood vessel or a vein. Balloon angioplasty, stents, and laser treatments may help as well. We continuously seek out new techniques and technologies to better serve our patients, such as the SilverHawk™ Plaque Excision System. Our expertise with using this system allows us to efficiently and effectively remove plaque from arteries, and unlike other plaque removal technologies, the SilverHawk™ Plaque Excision System removes large amounts of plaque without damaging the walls of the arteries. To find out more about the SilverHawk™ Plaque Excision System, or to schedule a consultation appointment for peripheral artery disease (PAD), call our office today.
For more information, or to schedule an appointment with one of our vascular surgeons 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 page.