Don’t Wait: Start Your Treatment for Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)

artery disease Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) is more than just a medical term: It’s a reality for many Americans, particularly those aged 65 and older. With nearly one in every five seniors afflicted, understanding PAD and seeking timely treatment is crucial for quality of life and long-term health.

Thankfully, the experts at Midatlantic Vascular & Interventional are specialists in effective treatments for PAD.

Understanding PAD and its Symptoms

PAD is essentially a cardiovascular ailment, occurring when the arteries supplying blood to the extremities—predominantly the legs and feet—become narrowed or blocked. Over time, these arteries can constrict due to the accumulation of plaques, making even basic tasks like walking painful. Key symptoms to be wary of include:

  • Cramping pain in the buttocks, thighs, or legs after activities like walking or climbing stairs, which eases upon rest (known as intermittent claudication).
  • Non-healing ulcers or sores on your feet or legs.
  • A feeling of numbness or weakness in the legs.
  • Unusually cold lower legs or feet.

Treatment Options for PAD

Early detection is key to managing PAD effectively. Early in the condition, lifestyle changes can play a pivotal role in slowing the disease’s progression. Regular exercise and quitting smoking are two primary recommendations for most patients. Medications might also be prescribed to alleviate symptoms and improve blood flow.

In advanced cases, procedural interventions might be necessary when lifestyle and medicinal interventions aren’t sufficient. These can range from angioplasty (using a balloon to reopen the artery) to bypass surgeries, wherein a graft is used to circumvent the narrowed section of the artery.

The Risk of Ignoring PAD

PAD isn’t just about discomfort or pain. It’s a silent alarm signaling potentially severe health complications. If neglected, PAD can escalate to a point where amputation becomes the only viable solution.

Chronic ulcers, non-healing sores, and progressive numbness are all signs that shouldn’t be ignored. Early intervention can make all the difference.

Schedule a Consultation Today

Time is of the essence when it comes to PAD.

At MidAtlantic Vascular & Interventional, Dr. Rishi R. Sood and his team are dedicated to providing comprehensive care and guidance tailored to your needs. Connect with them at (301) 622-5360 to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online at one of their three Maryland locations.

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