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Up to 20% of Americans over the age of 60 have peripheral artery disease (PAD), which can increase your risk of heart disease. Vascular and Vein Institute of the South diagnoses and treats PAD at their conveniently located offices in Germantown, North Millington, and Memphis in Tennessee, Southaven, Oxford, and Senatobia in Mississippi, and West Memphis in Arkansas. If you have leg pain or cramping, numbness in your feet, or changes in the skin on your legs, call Vascular and Vein Institute of the South or schedule a consultation online today.
PAD is a vascular health condition that occurs when the arteries outside of your heart and brain become clogged or narrow and reduce your circulation. The issue usually develops in your feet and legs, but it can also affect your arms, hands, and abdomen.
Some of the common signs of PAD include:
While PAD is a serious health issue, the condition is often treatable. If you have any of these symptoms, you should make an appointment at Vascular and Vein Institute of the South.
Atherosclerosis is the most common cause of PAD. Atherosclerosis develops as fatty plaque builds up on the inside of your arteries, making them hard and narrow. This reduces your circulation and deprives your muscles and other tissue of oxygen and other essential nutrients.
Your risk of PAD increases if you lead a sedentary lifestyle, are overweight, or if you smoke. Conditions like diabetes, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure can also increase your chances of developing PAD.
The team at Vascular and Vein Institute of the South uses a variety of tests to diagnose PAD. They check the blood pressure in your ankle and compare it to the pressure in your arm with the ankle-brachial index.
They might also use ultrasound, including Doppler imaging, to examine your arteries and monitor the movement of blood. MRIs and CT scans can also provide valuable information about your arteries and the other tissues in your legs, abdomen, and arms.
Treatment for PAD depends on the severity of your condition. The team at Vascular and Vein Institute of the South offer customized treatment plans that could include:
You can also reduce your risk of PAD by getting more exercise, reducing fat and salt in your diet, and giving up smoking. You should also have your cholesterol levels, and blood pressure monitored, and get the treatment you need to manage your health.
To learn more about PAD and how to protect your vascular health, call Vascular and Vein Institute of the South or make an appointment online today.