Peripheral Artery Disease

Comprehensive Vascular Care

Vascular Surgery & Vein and Wound Specialists located in Southfield, MI & Novi, MI

In the United States, more than eight million people over 40 have peripheral artery disease (PAD). At Comprehensive Vascular Care, the experienced medical team offers customized care plans for peripheral artery disease at their offices in Novi and Southfield, Michigan. The board-certified physicians focus on relieving your pain and other symptoms while slowing down the progression of your disease. If you have frequent cramps, skin discoloration, or persistent weakness in your legs, schedule a diagnostic evaluation for PAD by calling the Comprehensive Vascular Care office nearest you or by requesting an appointment online today.

Peripheral Artery Disease Q & A

What is peripheral artery disease?

Peripheral artery disease or PAD is a common type of circulatory problem that results when your arteries begin to narrow. This narrowing interferes with the flow of blood to your limbs and can lead to chronic pain, numbness, and reduced mobility.

The leading cause of peripheral artery disease is atherosclerosis, a buildup of plaque (hardened fat deposits) on the walls of your peripheral arteries. You may also develop the condition due to an arm or leg injury or if you have chronic inflammation in your blood vessels.

Your risk for developing PAD increases due to:

  • Diabetes
  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure

You may also be more likely to develop this type of disease as you get older and if you have a family history stroke, heart disease, or peripheral artery disease.

How is peripheral artery disease diagnosed?

The team at Comprehensive Vascular Care recommends scheduling a diagnostic evaluation for PAD if you experience symptoms like:

  • Leg weakness or numbness
  • Painful leg cramps
  • Discoloration in your legs and feet
  • Changes in hair and toenail growth
  • Temperature differences in your legs

The providers offer on-site diagnostic testing to confirm or rule out peripheral artery disease. Testing may include ankle-brachial index (ABI) testing that measures the blood pressure in your ankle against the pressure in your arm.

You may also need an ultrasound of your blood vessels or angiography to determine how blood is flowing through your arteries.

How is peripheral artery disease treated?

Treating peripheral artery disease focuses on managing your existing pain and other symptoms while slowing down the progression of plaque buildup on the walls of your arteries.

Your initial treatment may involve medications to lower your cholesterol or your blood pressure. If you have diabetes, you may need medications to better control your blood sugar levels.

If medications aren’t enough to treat your disease, you may need an angioplasty, a procedure that uses a small, flexible tube that goes through your blood vessel to clear blockages. Your Comprehensive Vascular Care provider may also place a stent to keep your blood flowing efficiently through the artery.

Bypass surgery is also a viable treatment option for PAD. That involves the creation of a synthetic graft that allows blood to bypass the blocked artery to improve circulation.

In addition to your treatment for PAD, your provider works with you on lifestyle and dietary modifications to improve your heart health and prevent the buildup of fat deposits and plaque in your arteries.

To find out more about the available treatments for peripheral artery disease, contact Comprehensive Vascular Care online or through the online booking system today to schedule an appointment.