- October 28, 2020
- Posted by: cmcdonald
- Categories: Endovascular Treatment, Peripheral Artery Disease
If you or someone you love has just been diagnosed with PAD, what should the next steps be?
I recommend taking certain steps right away. One is to make an appointment for a consultation with a vascular expert because then we can talk about different treatment options and what’s right for you in particular. The disease has different severities and there are many treatments.
Treatment varies from lifestyle modification, such as exercise and diet, to medications, and to various surgeries. If you go to a center such as ours where we have vascular experts, you can start that dialogue.
What are the consequences of leaving your PAD untreated?
If PAD is left untreated and it progresses in severity, it can have very dire consequences for patients. The pain can turn to a wound that doesn’t heal. A wound that doesn’t heal can ultimately lead to amputation, which is something we all want to avoid.
What are some important facts for people with diabetes to know about PAD?
Diabetes is a major risk factor for Peripheral Arterial Disease. In fact, diabetes and smoking are the main risk factors. If you have diabetes and you have pain when you walk, or wounds that aren’t healing on your feet, it could very well be Peripheral Arterial Disease. You would want to see a vascular expert to start the process to investigate.
What are the differences between venous and arterial disease?
The legs have veins and arteries and can be thought of like a set of highways. The arteries take blood to the feet and the veins drain the blood and send it back to the heart. The heart is the pump that’s circulating the blood.
It’s important when you have an issue with your legs to tease out the differences because the treatments are different. If you come to a vascular center such as ours, we have experts that can investigate with both physical examination history and using technology like ultrasound or CT scans. Symptoms can also vary depending on if it’s artery or vein. Oftentimes the symptoms overlap, so it is important to have a conversation with your doctor.
How can the American Endovascular affiliated team of physicians help treat Peripheral Arterial Disease?
At the Fishkill Endovascular Center, we have a team of vascular specialists to help patients with Peripheral Arterial Disease and other vascular conditions, such as venous disease of the legs. Our team, which consists of nurses, doctors, and technologists, help you from diagnosis with the ultrasound to the procedure and of course the follow-up after the procedure. We make sure that we do the best we can for you and your legs.