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Understanding Peripheral Arterial Disease
Houston Vein and Vascular

Peripheral Arterial Disease: A Comprehensive Overview

Introduction:

Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) is a common circulatory problem in which narrowed arteries reduce blood flow to the limbs. [Your Organization/Company Name] is committed to raising awareness about PAD, its risks, symptoms, and the available treatment options, empowering individuals to make informed health decisions.

 

What is PAD?

Peripheral Arterial Disease develops when the arteries that supply blood to the internal organs, arms, and legs become completely or partially blocked as a result of atherosclerosis. PAD can lead to severe complications if left untreated, emphasizing the importance of early diagnosis and management.

Risk Factors:

  • Age: Individuals over the age of 50 have a higher risk.

  • High Cholesterol: Plaque built up due to high cholesterol plays a significant role in development of PAD

  • Smoking: Tobacco use significantly increases the risk.

  • Diabetes: People with diabetes are at a higher risk.

  • High Blood Pressure: Elevated blood pressure contributes to the narrowing of arteries.

  • Chronic Kidney Disease: Patient with CKD specially those on dialysis are at high risk of developing PAD

Symptoms of PAD:

  • Painful cramping in the hip, thigh, or calf muscles after certain activities, such as walking or climbing stairs.

  • Leg numbness or weakness.

  • Coldness in the lower leg or foot.

  • Sores on toes, feet, or legs that won't heal.

Treatment and Management:

Effective management of PAD involves lifestyle modifications, medications, and in some cases, surgical procedures. The treatment primarily aims to manage symptoms, improve mobility, and prevent the progression of atherosclerosis throughout the body.

  • Lifestyle Changes: Regular exercise, a balanced diet, and quitting smoking are crucial steps.

  • Medications: Medications may be used to control blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and blood glucose levels.

  • Interventional Procedures or Surgeries: In severe cases, angioplasty, bypass surgery, or thrombolytic therapy may be recommended.

How Houston Vein and Vascular Can Help:

At Houston Vein and Vascular, our expert physician, Dr. Zarghouni, plays a pivotal role in offering unparalleled care and innovative solutions for Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD). Dr. Zarghouni was distinguished as the Vascular Doctor of the Year by the Way to My Heart Organization in 2022, signifying his commitment and expertise in the vascular field.

Dr. Zarghouni has been a pioneer in leveraging cutting-edge technology to restore blood flow to the limbs of patients affected by PAD, ensuring optimal outcomes. His extensive wound care experience, serving as the Director of Wound Care, allows us to provide holistic and comprehensive care to our patients, addressing both vascular and wound healing needs.

 

Through our individualized approach and Dr. Zarghouni’s seasoned guidance, we strive to deliver excellence in vascular and wound care, supporting our patients every step of the way in their journey towards improved health.

FAQs:

  • Q: Can PAD be cured completely?

    • A: PAD can be managed effectively with lifestyle modifications, medications, and, in some cases, minimally invasive procedures or surgery. Early detection and intervention are crucial in managing the condition and preventing complications.

  • Q: How is PAD diagnosed?

    • A: PAD is diagnosed through a physical examination, medical history, and specific diagnostic tests such as Ankle-Brachial Index (ABI), Ultrasound, Angiography, and Blood Tests.

Conclusion:

Peripheral Arterial Disease is a serious condition that requires awareness, understanding, and proactive management. Houston Vein and Vascular is here to support individuals in their journey, providing resources, support, and solutions to those affected by PAD.

Call to Action:

For more information on Peripheral Arterial Disease and how to manage it effectively, contact our team of experts at 832-350-7260 or explore our range of resources and services here.

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