Understanding and Treating Peripheral Artery Disease

by | Sep 12, 2023 | PAD, Vascular Disease

September is recognized as Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) Awareness Month, an annual observance aimed at increasing public understanding of this often overlooked vascular condition. PAD is a circulatory condition where narrowed arteries reduce blood flow to your limbs, particularly your legs. This condition affects millions of people worldwide and could lead to severe complications if left untreated.

At Premier Surgical Vascular and Vein Center, we want to shed light on this critical issue, highlight the importance of early detection, and inform our community about the leading-edge treatments available at our center in Knoxville, TN.

Understanding and Treating Peripheral Artery Disease

PAD and Its Impact

PAD develops when plaque builds up in the arterial walls, a condition known as atherosclerosis. The buildup can restrict blood flow to the legs, leading to various symptoms ranging from mild discomfort to severe pain. If left untreated, PAD can lead to critical limb ischemia, a condition that increases the risk of limb amputation, and it can also signal other arterial issues, raising the risk of cardiovascular events such as heart attack or stroke.

Early detection and treatment of PAD are crucial in mitigating these risks. At Premier Surgical Vascular and Vein Center, we pride ourselves on providing comprehensive care – from initial detection to treatment and beyond.

Diagnosing PAD at Premier

PAD diagnosis begins with a review of your symptoms and medical history, followed by a physical examination. We might also conduct an Ankle-Brachial Index (ABI) test, a simple, non-invasive procedure that compares the blood pressure in your ankle with the blood pressure in your arm to detect PAD. A vascular ultrasound test may also be recommended to help identify blockages in your arteries and veins.

PAD Treatment at Premier Vascular and Vein Center

Our team of board-certified vascular surgeons, is highly skilled in the latest PAD treatment strategies. Depending on the severity and progression of your condition, we may recommend lifestyle modifications, medications, or even surgical interventions.

Lifestyle modifications include quitting smoking, controlling diabetes, eating a healthy diet, and incorporating regular exercise into your daily routine.

When lifestyle modifications are not enough, medications or minimally invasive treatments may be required. These can include angioplasty, stenting, atherectomy, or bypass surgery. Our vascular experts will walk you through the process, ensuring you understand each step and are comfortable with the chosen treatment.

PAD Awareness Month: Time for Action

September’s PAD Awareness Month is a perfect time to pay attention to your vascular health. If you have risk factors for PAD such as smoking, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or a family history of vascular conditions, it’s crucial to get screened. Remember, early detection and treatment can make a significant difference.

Premier Surgical Vascular and Vein Center in Knoxville, TN, is ready to provide the highest level of care for individuals dealing with PAD. To request an appointment, call us at (865) 588-8229 or book online at https://www.premiervascularveincenter.com/book-online/. Together, let’s take steps towards better vascular health this PAD Awareness Month and beyond.