Imagine that your body is a well-designed machine, and that your heart is the pump that (literally) keeps the machine running. Now consider how your body might communicate if your vascular system isn’t running at its best.
Soreness and intermittent cramps (claudication) are a key symptom of Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD). A burning or aching feeling in your feet or toes may also indicate PAD. These are signs of insufficient blood flow and potential heart problems.
If you have already been evaluated and/or are at risk for Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD), you may already be taking medicines to ease intermittent leg pain or to help you manage other health problems. If you are experiencing these symptoms and have not been evaluated, you should talk to your doctor soon to properly diagnose your condition and understand your treatment options. It is important to address any issues as they come up with any machine, no matter how well-designed it may be.
Healthy Lifestyle Choices
It’s important to do what you can to improve your heart health and possibly reverse the buildup of plaque in your arteries. PAD comes with a high risk of heart attack, stroke or limb amputation. Making healthy changes today, and following a treatment plan can reduce this risk. Your best start:
- Quit smoking and the use of tobacco products.
- Be active! Try walking, swimming, or biking for at least 30 minutes a day.
- Eat heart-healthy foods such as fruits, nuts and vegetables.
- Maintain a healthy weight.
There are medications proven to help prevent blood clots, lower cholesterol and lower blood pressure. Taking these medicines will not be a substitute for healthy lifestyle choices, but they do offer non-surgical options to lowering your risk of heart attack and stroke.
Your doctor can recommend the best medication regimen, per the severity of your condition. If medication and a healthy lifestyle alone is not reducing the risks associated with PAD, you might need to explore the options available through a minimally invasive procedure at a Modern Vascular clinic.
Minimally Invasive Surgery and Catheter-based Procedures
Sometimes PAD requires advanced treatments. If you have severe PAD or are at risk for losing a limb, you may need minimally invasive surgery or other procedures (such as angioplasty) to restore proper blood flow to the legs.
Schedule your appointment today to learn more about peripheral artery disease, your level of risk, and your available treatment options.