Arterial Disease Treatments
PAD - Peripheral arterial disease is a common circulatory problem where narrowed arteries reduce blood flow to your limbs due to arterial plaque buildup. This causes symptoms, most notably leg pain when walking (intermittent claudication). P.A.D. can also affect the arteries that carry blood from your heart to your head, arms, kidneys, and stomach.
Treatment of PAD often includes making long-lasting lifestyle changes, such as quitting tobacco, managing blood pressure, lowering high cholesterol, exercising and eating a healthy diet. Dr. Girija Surya and the team at Vein Center for Women have extensive experience in treatment PAD.
Carotid Artery Disease
Carotid artery disease is a condition in which where the carotid arteries (providing main blood supply to the brain) become narrowed or blocked due to plaque buildup their inner linings. This condition is called carotid stenosis which is potentially a major risk factor for ischemic strokes.
Depending on the degree of Stenosis and the patient's overall condition, carotid artery stenosis can usually be treated with surgery called carotid endarterectomy. Other options may include:
- Use of medicine and diet to lower your cholesterol and control your blood pressure
- Use of blood-thinning medicines such as aspirin, clopidogrel (Plavix), and warfarin(Coumadin)
- No treatment, other than checking your carotid artery with tests every year
Aortic aneurysm is bulging of the aorta, one of the large arteries through which blood passes from the heart to the rest of the body, mostly due to "hardening of the arteries" (called arteriosclerosis). The most common symptoms are chest or abdominal pain, a cold foot, fever, weight loss, cough, shortness of breath or hoarseness.
While smaller aneurysms are treated with medicines generally used to treat high blood pressure (such as beta-blocker), the bigger ones are treated by surgery.
If you feel you're experiencing any of these symptoms, please contact us to schedule a comprehensive examination.