Excess smoking and high blood pressure are likely to increase your chances of contracting peripheral artery disease (PAD). Heart and Vascular Care offers long-term relief for peripheral artery disease through minimally invasive treatment options. You can meet Dr. Bhupinder Singh in Plano for a fully personalized treatment for your symptoms. Call the practice or book an appointment online through your phone or computer for immediate assistance.
Defining Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)
Peripheral artery disease is a medical condition that narrows peripheral arteries in your stomach, legs, head, and arms. Constricting your arteries limits blood flow, increasing your risk of complications like a stroke or heart attack.
PAD affects most parts of your body but is more prevalent in your lower extremities. If suffering from PAD, you may report cramps or pain when exercising or walking. In severe cases, you may experience PAD pain when taking a break or sitting down.
Symptoms of Peripheral Artery Disease
Effects of peripheral artery disease differ from one patient to the next. The most common side effects may include:
- Critical limb ischemia/blocked arteries
- Intermittent claudication/on and off cramps
- Claudication/leg cramps
- Buttock pain
- Foot pain and numbness
- Calf pain
- Leg pain
- Slow-growing toenails
- Shiny skin on legs
- Ulcers/slow healing wounds on your legs and feet
- Erectile dysfunction
Diagnosis of Peripheral Artery Disease
At Heart and Vascular Care, Dr. Singh reviews your medical history and conducts conclusive physical exams. He proceeds to check the pulse in your legs. For severe cases, you may qualify for the Ankle Brachial Index (ABI) to compare the blood pressure in your arms and feet. In case ankle pressure falls below fifty percent of the pressure in your arms, it may be a sign of PAD.
If your ABI test delivers abnormal results, your doctor may recommend further screening through ultrasound imaging or angioplasty to locate precise causes for your arterial blockages and complications limiting your blood circulation.
Treatment for Peripheral Artery Disease
When treating peripheral artery disease, Dr. Singh may combine prescription medications and lifestyle adjustments. You may benefit from a balanced diet, regular exercise, smoking cessation, and other relevant lifestyle adjustments for highly effective and long-term results.
If PAD gets more severe, Dr. Singh may offer minimally invasive treatments like:
- Peripheral stents
- Laser thrombectomy
- Mechanical thrombectomy
- Percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA)
PAD treatments may differ from one patient to the next. Dr. Singh recommends an ideal treatment based on your health goals and medical history to address uncomfortable symptoms of peripheral artery disease to help you live longer with minimal health complications.
Who is At a Higher Risk of Peripheral Artery Disease?
Women and men from all backgrounds are vulnerable to peripheral artery disease. You are more prone to being overweight, high blood pressure, excessive smoking, and high cholesterol levels in case of peripheral artery disease and related conditions.
ü Coronary artery disease
ü Vascular heart disease
ü Heart failure
ü Heart attack
ü Chest pain
ü Varicose veins
If you have concerns about peripheral artery disease and related conditions, contact Heart and Vascular Care for immediate and long-term relief. Contact the practice via phone or online platforms to book an appointment conveniently from your house, office, or car.