Peripheral Artery Disease and Leg Pain


 

Turn the Tables on Peripheral Arterial Disease and Amputation

Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD), also recognized as Peripheral vascular disease (PVD), is the narrowing of the blood vessels responsible for carrying blood to your extremities. When this happens, your legs generally suffer the most with the development of chronic venous insufficiency (CVI), deep vein thrombosis (DVT), or varicose veins. Leg pain is the predominant symptom with or without claudication, as well as loss of pulse in feet, fungal infections of the toes, numbness or weakness in leg muscles, immobility and more. Complications from this disease can lead to ulcers, gangrene, non-healing wounds, amputation, heart attack and stroke (due to atherosclerosis). PAD affects more than 10 million people in the U.S., making it the most prevalent vascular issue amongst patients we treat.

Causes & Risk Factors

The most common cause of peripheral artery disease is

  • Atherosclerosis 

Risk factors involved include

  • Age (increases after 50)
  • Family History of PAD, heart disease or stroke
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Hypertension
  • High cholesterol
  • Excessive homocysteine in the blood

Diagnosis

PAD is often detected through various non-invasive techniques. After a complete family history evaluation and physical examination, our vascular team uses top-of-the-line, minimally invasive techniques to formulate a proper diagnosis:

  • Angiogram/ Arteriogram
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) 
  • Ankle-Brachial Index (ABI) 
  • Computed Tomography Scan (CT Scan)
  • Ultrasound
  • Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA) 

Be proactive against PAD by:

  • Exercising regularly
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Maintaining proper nutrition (avoid fatty foods)
  • Avoiding OTC medications that contain pseudoephedrine
  • Adhering to medication regimens that treat diabetes, high cholesterol, blood clots and hypertension

Treatment

Be proactive against PAD by:

  • Exercising regularly
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Maintaining proper nutrition (avoid fatty foods)
  • Avoiding OTC medications that contain pseudoephedrine
  • Adhering to medication regimens that treat diabetes, high cholesterol, blood clots and hypertension
Location
FRONTIER MEDICAL CARE
9101 4th Avenue
Bay Ridge

Brooklyn, NY 11209
Phone: 718-504-5750
Fax: 718-630-1115
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718-504-5750