Renal Artery Disease in Dallas, TX
Vanguard Vascular & Vein treats renal artery disease for the residents of Garland, Rowlett, and the Greater Dallas area.
The kidneys are a key part of your renal system that removes waste from your blood. These relatively small organs process 200 quarts of blood daily, removing up to two quarts of waste. When your kidneys do not function properly, the waste remains in your blood and begins to damage other organs. Blood is delivered to your kidneys through two arteries, with each artery feeding blood to one kidney. Renal artery disease describes the condition in which the blood flow in the artery is blocked by plaque or scar tissue, and one or both arteries may be affected. Plaque build-up accounts for approximately 90% of renal artery disease cases in the country and the condition may lead to chronic kidney disease, coronary artery disease, stroke, peripheral vascular disease, and kidney failure.
Am I at Risk for Renal Artery Disease?
The risk factors for renal artery disease are the same as those for atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries. Patients who have hypertension that is especially difficult to manage or not controlled, as well as patients with renal insufficiency, have an especially high risk for developing renal artery disease. Other risk factors include the following:
- High cholesterol
- Insulin resistance
- Being overweight or obese
- Lack of physical activity
- Diets that are high in fat, cholesterol, sodium, or sugar
- Men age 45 or older
- Women age 55 or older
- Family history of early heart disease
What Are the Symptoms of Renal Artery Disease?
Like atherosclerosis, renal artery disease does not always produce symptoms until the condition is in the more advanced stages. Some of the earliest signs of renal artery disease are high blood pressure or decreased kidney function. Renal artery disease should be considered as a cause for high blood pressure for people who have the following characteristics:
- High blood pressure at age 50 or older
- A significant increase in blood pressure
- No family history of high blood pressure
- Failed to control blood pressure with three or more different types of blood pressure medications
You should also note any of the following symptoms, which indicate a decrease in kidney function:
- Changes in urine output (increase or decrease)
- Swelling of your legs, feet, ankles, hands, or face
- Tiredness or feeling drowsy
- General itching or numbness
- Dry skin
- Weight loss or appetite loss
- Nausea or vomiting
- Problems sleeping or concentrating
- Skin color changes, including darkening of your skin
- Muscle cramps
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms of renal artery disease, please call our office today to schedule a consultation appointment.
How Does the Vanguard Way Help Me with Renal Artery Disease?
As vascular care specialists, the doctors at Vanguard Vascular & Vein are recognized experts in the diagnosis and treatment of renal artery disease. We work with you to help you understand your symptoms, as well as the causes and treatment options. Treatment for renal artery disease is three-fold – prevent the condition from getting worse, treat the renal vascular hypertension associated with renal artery disease, and relieve any blockages in the renal arteries.
Your physician may recommend a renal artery duplex ultrasound. This ultrasound is performed on renal (kidney) arteries to detect circulatory disorders of the kidneys that cause renal artery disease, including hypertension (high blood pressure) or kidney failure.
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.