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Treatments for Peripheral Artery Disease

1.   Q: What is vascular disease?

A: Vascular disease is any abnormal condition of the blood vessels (arteries and veins). There are several different types of vascular disease. Seeing your primary physician is the first step in the right direction. After that you can make an appointment with our clinic to find out more specified information for your particular case.

2.   Q: What is PAD?

A: PAD, or Peripheral Artery Disease, occurs when arteries in the legs become clogged with fatty deposits. If left untreated, PAD can lead to poor quality of life (ex. continuous pain and discomfort), disability, and possibly amputation.

3.   Q: How is PAD diagnosed?

A: The baseline of diagnosing involves acquiring a patient's medical history and performing a physical exam. Each individual case is different and may require more testing than another. Other tests may include: MRI, Doppler and Duplex Ultrasound Imaging, CT Angiogram, and/or Catheter-based Angiogram.

4.   Q: What are symptoms of PAD?

A: Symptoms of PAD include pain/discomfort when exercising, intermittent pain, pain when at rest, and/or discolored skin or ulcerations.

5.   Q: How is PAD treated?

A: There are three main ways to treat PAD. These are lifestyle changes, medication treatments, or both lifestyle and medication treatments.

6.   Q: What is claudation?

A: Claudication is pain caused by too little blood flow to your legs or arms. This is usually a symptom of peripheral artery disease, in which the arteries that supply blood to your limbs are narrowed, usually because of atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis occurs when arteries get thick and stiff due to a buildup of fatty deposits (plaques) on your artery walls.

7.   Q: What is venous reflux disease?

A: Venous reflux disease develops when the valves in leg veins become dysfunctional and allow retrograde blood flow. This is caused by incomplete valve closer.

8.   Q: Can symptoms of venous reflux disease worsen over time?

A: If left untreated then yes, the symptoms of venous reflux disease can worsen. This is a progressive disease that are worsened without treatment.

9.   Q: How is venous reflux disease diagnosed?

A: The baseline of diagnosing involves acquiring a patient's medical history and performing a physical exam. Each individual case is different and may require more testing than another. Other tests may include: Vascular or Duplex Ultrasound Imaging.

10.   Q: How is venous reflux disease treated?

A: Venous reflux disease is treated by using endovenousablation which is a minimally invasive procedure that treats the varicose veins and their underlying cause with little or no pain. This can be performed as an outpatient procedure using a local anesthetic.

11.   Q: How long does it take to recover from an endovenous ablation procedure?

A: Patients who undergo this procedure typically resume normal activities within a day. However, it is important that you consult the specialist performing this procedure for your particular case.

12.   Q: Where can I get more information?

A: For more reading material please click here to find our PDF of our informational brochure.