Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) Treatment
If you are suffering from the effects of peripheral artery disease (PAD), we want you to know that there’s help available. PAD is a potentially dangerous disease that can develop when plaque begins to build up in the arteries. Over time, this can lead to painful leg symptoms, impact your ability to walk or climb stairs, and place you at increased risk for serious health conditions like heart attack, stroke, and amputation.
Fortunately, a range of effective PAD treatment options exist that can improve your situation. To determine which treatment approach is best for you, we recommend visiting a vascular specialist. They can make personalized recommendations based on your medical history and the severity of your condition.
When it comes to PAD treatment at USA Vascular Centers, our main goals are to:
- Reduce symptoms: PAD can cause leg pain and weakness, difficulty walking and climbing stairs, skin changes and non-healing sores, and erectile dysfunction.
- Improve mobility and quality of life: When you are unable to move around comfortably, it becomes challenging to perform daily activities and enjoy life to its fullest.
- Prevent dangerous health consequences: PAD can place you at increased risk for heart attack, stroke, and limb amputation.
We specialize in providing minimally invasive Peripheral Artery Disease treatment that can alleviate your symptoms, improve mobility, and get you back to normal life. Below, we cover all the basics on how to treat PAD.
What Are the Treatment Options for PAD?
We understand that the prospect of developing a PAD treatment plan can be stressful. We want you to know that our doctors at USA Vascular Centers are not only top experts in the field, they are also compassionate individuals who care about the health and life quality of our patients.
There are three main approaches to PAD treatment:
- Lifestyle modifications: If you have PAD or are aiming to prevent it, a vascular specialist may encourage you to quit smoking; lower your high blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood glucose levels; follow a healthy eating plan; lose weight; and get moving.
- Medication: In addition to lifestyle changes, you may also be prescribed one or more medications to lower your blood pressure and cholesterol levels, treat diabetes, prevent the formation of blood clots, and help reduce leg pain.
- Special procedures: If the blood flow in one of your limbs is completely or almost completely blocked, you may benefit from having a procedure in addition to medications and lifestyle changes. Procedures such as stent angioplasty can improve the blood circulation to your legs and your ability to walk, and may lessen the frequency and intensity of your pain.
What Is the Best Treatment for Peripheral Artery Disease?
The best treatment for your peripheral artery disease depends on several factors, including disease severity and your medical history. When PAD is diagnosed early, lifestyle modifications and medications can be enough to meet our main treatment goals of alleviating symptoms, improving mobility, and reducing threat to life and limb.
To get started, your doctor may suggest that you:
- Work with a trainer to develop a daily exercise program
- Join a medical weight-loss program to obtain a healthy BMI
- Discuss personalized dietary improvements with a dietician
- Focus on controlling high blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar levels
- Contact a tobacco cessation program to quit smoking
- Begin daily aspirin therapy
- Take other prescribed medications to improve blood circulation
When these methods are not enough, stent angioplasty may be recommended. Stent angioplasty is a non-surgical procedure that is commonly used to restore blood flow to blocked arteries. It is quick, virtually painless, minimally invasive, and highly effective.
Stent angioplasty involves inserting a tiny tube (catheter) into the affected artery, which implants a small mesh stent that is expanded by a tiny balloon. As the stent expands, it compresses the formation of plaque so that the blood can flow freely through the artery.
Another type of non-surgical PAD treatment is called atherectomy. This procedure aims to remove plaque from your arteries in order to improve blood flow throughout your body.
Other procedural treatments that may be discussed include bypass surgery and thrombolytic therapy. You can also ask your doctor about clinical trials and other new treatments for PAD.
Schedule Your Consultation With USA Vascular Today
Whether you are already experiencing PAD symptoms or remain at risk for developing this serious disease, we suggest contacting the experts at USA Vascular Centers.
Timely detection and treatment of PAD can improve the quality of your life; help you keep your independence and mobility; and reduce your risk of heart attack, stroke, and even leg amputation.
Worried About PAD? Contact USA Vascular Centers Today
The bottom line is that we don’t want you to suffer from Peripheral Artery Disease. At USA Vascular Centers, we offer PAD treatment at dozens of convenient locations across the United States. We also offer telemedicine consultations.
To meet with one of our vascular specialists, give us a call at 888.773.2193 or schedule an appointment online today. We look forward to helping you take back control of your vascular health.