More than 10 million people in the United States have peripheral artery disease, but many haven’t been properly diagnosed. At Suffolk Vascular & Vein Center, with offices in Port Jefferson Station, Riverhead, and Hauppauge, New York, the experienced vascular specialists offer on-site diagnosis and treatment to improve your vascular health and prevent serious health complications, like a heart attack or stroke. If you suffer from chronic leg pain or cramping, schedule a consultation without delay by calling the office nearest you or by requesting an appointment online now.
Peripheral artery disease is a chronic condition that develops when your peripheral arteries become narrow and block the efficient flow of blood. This narrowing is due to atherosclerosis, a buildup of plaque inside your artery walls. Plague contains fatty deposits, cholesterol, calcium, and other substances that harden and limit the space in your artery where blood flows.
Your peripheral arteries carry blood away from the heart and into your head, abdomen, arms, and legs. In many cases, peripheral artery disease affects the arteries carrying blood to the legs.
Peripheral artery disease can cause a variety of symptoms in your legs, which typically worsen when you walk and resolve when you rest.
Common symptoms of peripheral artery disease include pain, cramping, or fatigue in your legs, hips, or buttocks when you exercise or walk. The discomfort may or may not go away when you stop the activity.
If left untreated, peripheral artery disease can increase your risk for heart attack and stroke. You may also be at increased risk for the death of tissue in your legs that ultimately requires amputation of your toes, foot, or leg.
Because the symptoms of peripheral artery disease are similar to many other conditions, it’s important you receive an accurate diagnosis at Suffolk Vascular & Vein Center as soon as possible.
As you get older, your risk for developing peripheral artery disease increases. You may also be at a higher risk for peripheral artery disease due to:
If your risk for peripheral artery disease is high due to smoking or underlying health conditions, your Suffolk Vascular & Vein Center physician may recommend diagnostic ultrasound testing to monitor blood flow through your arteries.
Initially, your physician may recommend lifestyle changes to reduce your risk factors for a worsening of the condition. These changes may include:
When symptoms of peripheral artery disease begin to interfere with your quality of life, you may be a candidate for surgical treatment. The surgeons at Suffolk Vascular & Vein Center perform procedures to increase blood flow into your legs.
Balloon angioplasty involves the placement of a small balloon that your surgeon inserts and inflates in the affected vein. This widens the vein to increase blood circulation. A stent placement, which involves the insertion of a small tubular device to keep the vein open, may also be an option.
Find out more about your options for treating peripheral artery disease by scheduling a consultation today, online or by phone.