PERIPHERAL ARTERIAL DISEASE

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Cardio-thoracic and Vascular surgery;Cardiology;Vascular Surgery

Cardio-thoracic and Vascular surgery , Cardiology , Vascular Surgery

ABOUT THE DISEASE

Peripheral arterial disease is the reduced circulation of blood to areas of body like arms, legs, stomach, kidneys, i.e other than the brain or heart. It is caused by a narrowed or blocked blood vessel. The main cause is atherosclerosis, which is the build-up of fatty deposits that narrow a blood vessel, usually an artery. In cases of acute limb ischemia, this disease can become life threatening and may require emergency intervention.

Peripheral Arterial Disease

SYMPTOMS

  • • Intermittent pain (claudication), usually in the legs
  • • Worsening pain during exercise, relieved on rest
  • • Coldness of the affected body part
  • • Numbness
  • • Muscular weakness
  • • Blue or purple tinge to the skin
  • • Non healing wound/ ulcer

CAUSES

The Major cause is atherosclerosis that reduces blood flow to the area. Other causes include:
- Diabetes
- Obstruction – as by a blood clot (thrombus)
- Infection
- Arteritis
- Blood vessel spasms –as in Raynaud’s disease

DIAGNOSIS

- Clinical Evaluation
- Ankle/brachial index (ABI) test
- Doppler imaging
- MRA (Magnetic resonance angiogram)
- CT Angiogram
- Angiography

TREATMENT METHODS

­Treatment options include:

• Medications – anti platelets, anti hypertensives, statins
Angioplasty
• Stent placement
• Atherectomy
Bypass surgery
• Lifestyle changes


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TREATMENT

Treatment options of peripheral artery disease include:-

- Bypass grafting surgery

- Taking good care of the feet

- Daily walking program

- Eliminating or reducing the blockage non surgically with medication

- Bypass surgery to shunt blood around the clogged area

- Quitting smoking

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What are the treatments for blocked arteries of leg?
My father is diabetic and while recent checkup we came to know his artilleries ...
Male 64 , Pune
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Sharing doppler study test, please advise best course of treatment
Ihave done doppler study test for the right foot which states as under :All art...
Female 63 , Kolkata
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My mother is sufferring from severe leg pain, suggest a vascular surgeon
My mother is sufferring from severe leg pain for last 4-5 years. Despite severa...
Female 38 , Pune
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Suffering from Peripheral artery disease. Pl advise best suitable doctor
I AN SUFFERING FROM PERIPHERAL ARTERY DISEASE AT LEFT LEG FOR PAST 6 MONTHS.I W...
Female 53 , Chennai
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Diagnosed with Peripheral Arterial Disease in the Doppler Study. Suggest Vascular surgeon @ Hyderabd
In the Doppler Study (Ultrasonography)of Lower Limbs it has been seen NO EVID...
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