If you have diabetes, then it is important that you take certain precautions to keep your vascular system healthy. It is estimated that one out of every three people with diabetes over the age of 50 develop peripheral arterial disease or PAD.
PAD affects the veins that circulate blood and other fluids throughout your body. PAD is caused by a narrowing of the veins that lead away from the heart to the rest the body. PAD symptoms commonly affect the legs and feet.
People with diabetes are prone to PAD due to an imbalance of blood sugar levels, which causes chronic inflammation in their vascular system. Inflammation creates rough and uneven surfaces on the internal walls of veins, which allows sticky plaque to accumulate and build up inside them.
Plaque eventually hardens and narrows veins, preventing the proper flow of blood. If blood cannot reach certain tissues, the tissues can die, possibly causing the loss of limbs or organs.
Symptoms and Treatment Options for PAD
Symptoms of PAD are a pain, cramping, or aching in the calves, thighs, or buttocks that becomes worse while exercising. Half of the people with PAD may not have any symptoms at all, which is why it is important to get an accurate diagnosis.
With proper diabetic management, a healthy diet, cessation of smoking, and daily exercise, you can often manage PAD. If it is at an advanced stage, your doctor may recommend certain medications or surgery. Surgical treatment options include:
- Angioplasty to widen the artery and let more blood flow through it using a stent, or small mesh tube.
- Atherectomy to remove plaque buildup
- Bypass surgery to send blood around the blockage.
Diagnosis and Treatment by Our Experienced Team
We use cutting-edge technology to diagnose and treat PAD accurately, so you can minimize the symptoms and reverse the damage it may be causing. Contact us today for a comprehensive and compassionate evaluation.