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Peripheral Artery Disease

At Vascular Care of Texas, your doctor will create a customized plan just for you to treat your peripheral artery disease (PAD).

What is peripheral artery disease?

Peripheral arterial disease (PAD), sometimes called peripheral vascular disease (PVD), is a very common circulation disorder. If you have PAD or PVD, your brain, heart, legs or feet may not get enough blood. This can lead to some serious complications, including ulcers in your hands or feet that don’t heal. If not treated, PAD or PVD could even lead to an amputation.

PAD or PVD may be associated with atherosclerosis, chronic venous insufficiency, deep vein thrombosis, varicose veins and other conditions.

What causes peripheral artery disease?

PAD or PVD is usually the result of your blood vessels becoming too narrow to effectively carry blood to your leg and arm muscles. Most often, this is caused by atherosclerosis, a build-up of plaque inside your arteries. Some risk factors include family history, smoking, diabetes, high cholesterol and hypertension.

What are the symptoms of peripheral artery disease?

About half of people with PAD or PVD won’t have symptoms. If you do have symptoms, they will probably involve pain while walking or even pain at rest.

How do you treat peripheral artery disease?

Your treatment will be designed to help control your symptoms and stop PAD or PVD from getting worse. This will lower your risk for a heart attack or stroke.

We can diagnose and evaluate your PAD or PVD with a special type of ultrasound (arterial duplex imaging). Your doctor will plan a customized treatment just for you. It may be possible to have one of these minimally invasive procedures:

  • Balloon Angioplasty: Your surgeon threads a thin tube into your artery and inflates a balloon on the end of the tube to help open the artery wall.
  • Arterial stenting: Your surgeon inserts a stent into your artery to help hold it open.
  • Atherectomy: Your surgeon uses a catheter with a blade on the end to cut plaque from the wall of your artery.

If needed, your doctor may recommend an open surgical bypass or endarterectomy. Recovery time for endovascular stent placement is usually 1-2 days, open bypass is longer.

Other Treatments

Arterial Disease

Carotid Artery Disease

Chronic Venous Hypertension

Claudication

Critical Limb Ischemia

Deep Venous Thrombosis

Dialysis

Nonhealing Wounds

Peripheral Aneurysms

Peripheral Artery Disease

Pulmonary Embolus

Stroke

Subclavian Steal Syndrome

Subclavian Stenosis

Transient Ischemic Attacks

Varicose Veins

Venous Insufficiency

Venous Stasis Ulcers

Meet Our Doctors

Edic Stephanian, MD, FACS

Edic Stephanian, MD, FACS

VASCULAR SURGEON

JAMES HAYHURST, MD, FACS

JAMES HAYHURST, MD, FACS

VASCULAR SURGEON

Shonda Banegas, D.O., FACOS

Shonda Banegas, D.O., FACOS

VASCULAR SURGEON

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