Peripheral Artery Disease

Peripheral Artery Disease Specialist
Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a commonly occurring circulatory issue that results in reduced blood flow to the limbs, especially the legs. Patients who suffer from peripheral artery disease may notice symptoms like swelling and pain in the legs. Dr. Rany Saleh at New York Medicine Doctors in New York City has the cardiology expertise needed to make a diagnosis and create customized treatments for every patient.

Peripheral Artery Disease Q & A

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What is peripheral artery disease?

Peripheral artery disease causes a narrowing of the peripheral arteries leading to the:

  • Legs
  • Stomach
  • Arms
  • Head

It's most often observed in the legs. The condition is similar to coronary artery disease. Both peripheral artery disease and coronary artery disease result from atherosclerosis.

Patients who suffer from peripheral artery disease have an increased risk for:

  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Coronary artery disease

If peripheral artery disease isn't treated, there can be serious consequences including gangrene and limb amputation.

What are the symptoms of peripheral artery disease?

Peripheral artery disease can cause:

  • Leg cramps
  • Tired legs
  • Sore hip muscles while walking
  • Difficulty with activities like climbing stairs

Usually, the pain caused by peripheral artery disease is only temporary. It generally goes away once the patient has rested for a while; however, it will return once they start walking again. Peripheral artery disease symptoms can be confused with those of other conditions and may sometimes be mistaken for things like pulled muscles.

What are the risk factors for peripheral artery disease?

Smokers, people with high cholesterol, people with hypertension, and patients who have diabetes are at an increased risk for peripheral artery disease. As a patient ages, their risk for peripheral artery disease rises. While aging can't be controlled, most of the risk factors for peripheral artery disease can be avoided.

How is peripheral artery disease diagnosed?

Indicators of peripheral artery disease are often found during a physical exam. Some of the signs that the Dr. Saleh may notice during an exam include a:

  • Weak pulse underneath a narrowed part of the artery
  • Whooshing noise over arteries
  • Slow wound healing in the legs
  • Clearly restricted blood flow in the legs

When signs like these are present, Dr. Saleh may perform diagnostic tests such as:

  • The ankle-brachial index
  • Ultrasound imaging
  • Catheter angiography

How is peripheral artery disease treated?

Lifestyle changes can make a big difference in dealing with peripheral artery disease. In some cases, oral medication is used to help control the symptoms of peripheral artery disease. Dr. Saleh will customize a treatment approach for every patient.

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