USA Vascular Centers

Lower Extremity Edema

Lower extremity edema is the noticeable swelling of one or both legs. This condition occurs when there is fluid buildup in the leg, typically in the subcutaneous tissues (the layer of tissue just beneath the skin surface) or in the soft tissues.

There are a wide range of causes for fluid retention in the lower legs. […]

November 30th, 2021|

How Can Smoking Lead to Peripheral Artery Disease?

PAD Disease and Smoking
Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a progressive condition that affects your arteries. Smokers are at increased risk of developing this condition as smoking impacts artery function. It is important to understand how PAD and smoking relate to each other to reduce your risk of developing the disease and maintain your vascular health.

PAD […]

November 23rd, 2021|

What is an ABI Test?

One of the most common ways to diagnose peripheral artery disease (PAD) and help measure vascular health is with an ankle brachial index (ABI) test. If you’re wondering what an ankle brachial index test is, it’s a test that measures the blood flow in your arms and legs. 

The blood pressure in your ankle is divided […]

November 17th, 2021|

What is an Angioplasty Procedure?

If you have been diagnosed with peripheral artery disease (PAD), your doctor may recommend angioplasty. PAD is a progressive condition caused by plaque buildup that leads to narrowed arteries. When arteries are narrowed or blocked by plaque, blood flow is restricted, which means less oxygen and nutrients get through to your muscles. PAD can be […]

November 16th, 2021|

Common Causes of Critical Limb Ischemia

Critical limb ischemia (CLI) is a serious condition that occurs when there is a severe blockage in the arteries of the legs and feet. If left untreated, this disease can lead to gangrene, amputation, and even death. Studies show that about 40% of patients diagnosed with CLI require major lower extremity amputation.

CLI significantly reduces blood […]

November 9th, 2021|

Can Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) Be Reversed?

What is PAD?
If you have been diagnosed with peripheral artery disease (PAD), you may wonder if it can be reversed. To understand the answer to this question, you need to know what PAD is, the risks for developing the disease, and the symptoms that indicate you have the condition. PAD is caused by a buildup […]

November 2nd, 2021|