PAD is a circulatory problem in which arteries become narrow and reduce blood flow to your legs. If this occurs you might experience leg pain and other unpleasant symptoms or have a higher risk of atherosclerosis, heart attack, or stroke.
If you have PAD, you might notice the following signs or symptoms:
Leg pain might make it difficult for you to get a good night’s sleep. At the first sign of PAD, see Dr. Kasha and his team for an evaluation.
While PAD can happen to anyone, certain factors increase your risk of experiencing it. Examples include smoking, obesity, older age, diabetes, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol also increases your chance of developing PAD. Complications may include sores, infection, pain, or even more serious problems such as limb loss.
To find out if you have PAD, Dr. Kasha reviews your symptoms and medical history and completes a comprehensive physical exam. He might also recommend an ultrasound and/or checking the blood pressure in your ankle and arm.
Dr. Kasha and his team might recommend an ultrasound and/or angiography to evaluate blood flow through your arteries, as well as blood tests. What are my PAD treatment options?
If you have PAD, Dr. Kasha and his team might recommend the following treatments:
Maintain a healthy lifestyle to reduce PAD and its symptoms. Don’t smoke, keep blood sugar under control, get regular exercise, eat a healthy diet, maintain a healthy weight, and keep blood pressure and cholesterol under control. Other lifestyle changes may be recommended as well.
Taking medications can help you better control blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar. Some medicines reduce your risk of developing blood clots or relieve unpleasant symptoms associated with PAD.
In the case of narrowed or blocked arteries, Dr. Kasha might refer you to a specialist who may recommend angioplasty with stenting, bypass surgery, or clot-dissolving injections to break up blood clots.
At the first sign of PAD, call Desert West Vein & Surgery Center or schedule an appointment online today.