Peripheral Artery Disease Prevention
Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a condition primarily caused by atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis occurs when plaque builds up in the arteries. As the plaque collects, it narrows the arteries and restricts blood flow, preventing adequate circulation of oxygen and nutrients. PAD most commonly affects the legs, and if the disease progresses without treatment, mobility and quality of life can be severely impacted. The good news is that PAD prevention may be possible with the right care from a vascular specialist.
If you are concerned about experiencing symptoms which may indicate PAD, you can seek treatment and personalized care with USA Vascular Centers. We offer minimally invasive treatments that may reduce symptoms and allow you to enjoy normal activities again.
What Causes PAD?
There are many risk factors that can contribute to atherosclerosis and lead to the development of PAD. Some can be managed to help prevent the development of peripheral artery disease while others are unavoidable. Risk factors include the following:
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Personal or family history
At USA Vascular Centers, our doctors specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of PAD. We’ll consider all of your risk factors to discover the best treatment plan for your condition. To talk with one of our specialists about how you might be at risk for PAD and how we can help, schedule online today.
How Do You Prevent Peripheral Artery Disease from Developing?
PAD prevention begins with seeking treatment from a vascular doctor. You should be aware of your own risk for the disease due to age, gender, and family history. Older people are more likely to develop PAD, especially if other family members have been diagnosed either with PAD or one of the conditions that can lead to it. Men are also more likely to suffer from peripheral artery disease than women.
While early detection can’t reverse PAD, it can help prevent the disease from getting worse.
What Steps Can You Take to Help Avoid PAD?
If you have a family history of PAD or other risk factors, it’s important to take the necessary steps to develop a healthy lifestyle, which may be helpful in preventing PAD. Fortunately, you can have a positive influence on your own health through your lifestyle. Two of the most important steps to take to potentially reduce your risk of developing PAD include eating a healthy diet and getting regular exercise. Both actions help reduce high cholesterol and plaque buildup in the arteries that lead to atherosclerosis and PAD.
If you are a smoker, you can also reduce your risk for PAD significantly by quitting smoking. You should also meticulously monitor other health conditions you have already been diagnosed with, such as diabetes and high blood pressure as each one increases your risk of developing PAD. If you have either of these diagnoses or are borderline, take the necessary steps to manage them and keep them under control.
What Treatment Options are Available for PAD?
If you have already been diagnosed with PAD, USA Vascular Centers offers minimally invasive treatments to help alleviate the symptoms of PAD. All our procedures have the primary goal of increasing blood circulation to your legs to help reduce symptoms and pain.
- Angioplasty, which uses a balloon to be inserted into the affected artery to open it and increase blood flow
- Stent placement, may be performed with the angioplasty where a mesh stent is placed in the artery to hold it open
- Atherectomy, where the plaque is scraped off the arterial wall
Our vascular specialists will work with you to determine the best care plan to alleviate your symptoms and improve your quality of life. Schedule a Consultation with USA Vascular Centers
USA Vascular Centers is dedicated to helping patients with peripheral artery disease treatment and prevention. To meet with one of our vascular specialists, schedule a consultation or give us a call at 888.773.2193.