Peripheral artery disease may be painful and lead to a severe complication, like an amputation. At Prime Heart and Vascular, vascular specialist Dr. Rishin Shah utilizes his more than ten years of experience in treating men and women suffering from peripheral artery disease. He understands the adverse impacts this condition can have on your life quality, including reduced work performance and failing to engage in the things you love. Thus, Dr. Shah provides cutting-edge treatments to reduce the risks and prevent complications. Vital blood vessels run through your whole cardiovascular system, so it’s best if an expert cardiologist took even better care of them. To consult with a Plano peripheral artery disease specialist, call the Prime Heart and Vascular office near you or book an appointment online.
What Is Peripheral Artery Disease?
Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a prevalent health concern, which develops when plaque accumulates in the arteries resulting in reduced blood circulation. PAD mainly decreases blood flow in the feet, toes, and legs, but it may also affect arteries located anywhere in your entire body.
The reduced circulation can result in debilitating leg pain with exertion or rest. You may also experience discolored or dry skin, cramping, numbness, feelings of cold, aching pain, wounds that don’t heal even after several weeks, weakness or heaviness in the legs.
What Are The Risk Factors For PAD?
The risk factors for peripheral artery disease comprise heart disease, high blood pressure, tobacco use, high cholesterol levels, diabetes, and being above 50 years old. PAD may often result in leg and foot sores.
If left untreated, these sores may not heal appropriately and may become infected, necessitating amputation or critical limb ischemia (CLI) in extreme cases. PAD is also linked with heightened risk for cardiac disease, and the reduced blood flow to your heart can cause heart attacks and angina.
What Are The Treatment Options For Peripheral Artery Disease?
During your initial appointment, Dr. Shah begins by first assessing your condition according to your symptoms, family and medical history, and many other factors. He generally starts with lifestyle adjustments, including regular exercise and diet, and applies other options if necessary.
Dr. Shah develops personalized treatment plans and provides an extensive range of effective treatments for PAD. These include:
Ø Physical rehabilitation.
Ø Lifestyle adjustments like exercise and diet.
Ø Monitored walking therapy.
Ø Minimally-invasive treatments to open the blockages, if necessary.
It’s vital to note that your specialist can use minimally invasive treatments to restore blood flow in your legs and help save them, thus, avoiding amputation. For many minimally invasive procedures, there’s not much recovery time needed. Some of the effective minimally invasive procedures offered include Atherectomy, Stent, and Balloon angioplasty.
In conclusion, a healthy lifestyle without stress, regular exercise, and a nutrient-packed diet can help manage and prevent peripheral artery disease. In case you experience any symptoms or have concerns about PAD, visit Dr. Shah for caring and compassionate care. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Shah at Prime Heart and Vascular, call the Plano, Friso, or Allen, Texas office or use the online booking tool today.