Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) is a common circulation problem in which the arteries that carry blood to the legs or arms become narrowed or clogged.
This interferes with the normal flow of blood, sometimes causing pain, but often causing no symptoms at all. The most common cause of PAD is atherosclerosis, often called “hardening of the arteries.” Atherosclerosis is a gradual process in which cholesterol and scar tissue build up, forming a substance called “plaque” that clogs the blood vessels. In some cases, PAD may be caused by blood clots that lodge in the arteries and restrict blood flow.
If these symptoms are left untreated, this insufficient blood flow will lead tissue death, and eventually, can lead to limb amputation in some patients. In the presence of atherosclerosis, the blood flow channel narrows from the buildup of plaque, preventing blood from passing through as needed, restricting oxygen and other nutrients from getting to normal tissue.
The arteries also become rigid and less elastic, and are less able to react to tissue demands for changes in blood flow. Many of the risk factors may also damage the blood vessel wall, making the blood vessel prone to diffuse plaque deposits.
The goal of Vascular Access Centers’ H.E.L.P. Program is to build public awareness of lower extremity, non-traumatic amputations related to vascular disease, like Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD), while encouraging proactive evaluation, screening and minimally invasive, nonsurgical treatment options. Early detection means patients can be treated earlier in the process while nonsurgical treatments are still an option, thereby preserving limbs and the patients’ quality of life
180,000 non-traumatic AMPUTATIONS are performed in the US every year. Over half of these are done WITHOUT a proper evaluation or screening first, to determine if the limb could have been SAVED.
An estimated 10-12+ million Americans suffer from poor circulation in their legs and feet due to PERIPHERAL ARTERIAL DISEASE (PAD).
PAD is a common circulation problem in the arteries of the leg. Over time, these arteries become blocked with plaque, putting you at risk for STROKE, HEART ATTACK, and lower limb/extremity AMPUTATION.
Don’t become a statistic. Let Vascular Access Centers HELP. Take the first STEP, and call us today to schedule your evaluation! Vascular Access Centers is committed to keeping you on your feet by saving your limbs and your quality of life.
Risk factors play a key role in determining if you’re at risk. Factors include:
Half of those who suffer from PAD will show NO signs or symptoms. However, signs and symptoms you may experience include the following:
Many people simply live with their pain and do not recognize these as symptoms of PAD. Instead they assume it is a normal part of aging, rather than reporting it to their doctor. It is important to recognize the signs of PAD as early as possible, so proper treatment can be sought.
Many amputations can be AVOIDED, and circulation in the legs and feet improved through MINIMALLY INVASIVE/NON-SURGICAL techniques (via a BAND AID-SIZED incision). Vascular Access Centers specializes in all endovascular techniques to treat PAD both ABOVE AND BELOW THE KNEE!
If you, or anyone you know, might be at risk, don’t wait! PAD is a progressive disease. Vascular Access Centers can help. VAC offers a full range of services; from diagnosis to treatment all within a comfortable outpatient atmosphere, requiring no overnight hospital stay!
Once you have been diagnosed with PAD, there are several treatment options you and your doctors at the Vascular Access Center can discuss and explore. A first step to treating PAD may be lifestyle modification. Smoking cessation and a structured exercise program are always beneficial in an attempt to alleviate symptoms and prevent further progression of the disease.
Interventional radiologists pioneered angioplasty and stenting, which was first performed to treat peripheral arterial disease. Using imaging for guidance, the interventionalist threads a catheter through the femoral artery in the groin to the blocked artery in the legs. Then he or she inflates a balloon to open the blood vessel where it is narrowed or blocked. In some cases this is then held open with a stent, a tiny metal cylinder. This is a minimally invasive treatment that does not require surgery, just a nick in the skin the size of a pencil tip.
Another type of procedure that is used to treat PAD is atherectomy, the process of debulking vessel plaque to correct problematic stenosis within the vessel lumen. This process can be quite helpful in heavily calcified vessels that have been traditionally difficult to expand with angioplasty balloons and/or stenting alone. Atherectomy differs from angioplasty alone by cutting away excess plaque rather than pushing it against the wall of the artery.
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