Dr. Steve Berkowitz, CMO of Modern Vascular, sits down with Carol Blonder for the radio program Networking Arizona on 1100 KFNX. Dr. Berkowitz describes how his passion for limb salvage and the treatment of peripheral artery disease led him to join Modern Vascular. The procedures performed at Modern Vascular can get people walking again and postpone, or even prevent, amputation.
Peripheral artery disease is caused by the hardening of the arteries. When that happens in the heart, you can have a heart attack. When it happens in the brain, you can have a stroke. In the lower limbs, it can cause extreme pain, a lack of mobility, and it could lead to amputation. Modern Vascular is dedicated to preventing amputation that is caused by peripheral artery disease.
It is already difficult for a person to lose a foot or limb, but it can affect people in many additional ways. There is as high as a 50% mortality rate after 1 year if you have had an amputation. That’s why Modern Vascular is so passionate about repairing the blood vessels early on so that we can slow down, or even avoid, that process.
Many people that have PAD are asymptomatic and may not know that they have it. Oftentimes, by the time symptoms do arise there is already significant disease. The first step is to identify risk factors that put you at greater risk for peripheral artery disease so that you can manage them to prevent the disease from progressing.
Common symptoms of PAD include pain while walking, burning sensations, and as it gets worse the pain may present at night or become constant. When the circulation gets bad you are more likely to ulcers, gangrene, and sores that will not heal.
When should you call Modern Vascular? You should consider the risk factors. As people age the likelihood of getting PAD increases. High blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, and smoking can accelerate the process of the hardening of the arteries. If you have those risk factors and are experiencing any of the symptoms reach out to Modern Vascular to schedule an evaluation.
You can call (844)4PADHELP