Vascular Disease Specialists Across Upper State NY
Peripheral Artery Disease Treatment
Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD), also called peripheral vascular disease, is a slow but progressive circulatory condition that affects millions of Americans every year. Although there is no cure, symptoms can be effectively reduced through lifestyle changes and medications. Accurate diagnosis and prompt treatment of Peripheral Artery Disease is crucial to not only helping you live a more pain-free life, but to reduce your risk of contracting other types of potentially-dangerous cardiovascular disease, including stroke.
The highly-trained vascular experts at Sinai Laser Vein Center are well-versed in Peripheral Artery Disease diagnosis and treatment. Our cutting-edge radiology department provides CT scans, MRIs, X-rays, and intravascular ultrasounds to patients who are seeking a fast and precise diagnosis. Our vein specialists will work with you to come up with a targeted treatment plan based on your individual symptoms and wellness goals. When you are a patient at Sinai Laser Vein Center, you are treated like family.
PAD Treatment Centers in Brooklyn and Manhattan, NY
Our dedicated, board-certified physicians have trained at some of the best and most respected medical centers in the country, including Mount Sinai, Cornell and Montefiore Hospitals. Moreover, some of our doctors are on the teaching staff of Mt. Sinai Hospital and Cedars Sinai Hospital. We are willing to take calls from new and existing patients over the phone and offer our expert consultation. It’s our continuing mission to us to lead you in the right direction when it comes to your vascular health.
Our vein specialists make it a point to determine the root cause of your vascular problems, and find long-term solutions. When it comes to treating PAD, in most patients, lifestyle modifications and certain medications can improve symptoms greatly. We encourage patients to exercise regularly, refrain from smoking, eat a balanced diet, and manage their diabetes. In addition, we may decide to prescribe medications to help lower blood pressure, cholesterol, and prevent blood clots.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Are The Symptoms of PAD?
- Leg numbness or weakness
- Painful cramping in one or both hips, thighs, or calf muscles, especially after walking
- A cold sensation in the lower leg or foot
- Color changes in the legs
- Sores on the toes, feet or legs that don't heal
- Shiny skin on the legs
- Erectile dysfunction (ED) in men
- Hair loss on the legs and feet
- Slow toenail growth
- No pulse or weak pulse in the legs or feet
What Are The Risk Factors For PAD?
People who smoke or have diabetes have the greatest risk of developing PAD. Other risk factors include the following:
- Family history of PAD, heart disease, or stroke
- A body mass index over 30
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Being 50 years of age or older
- High homocysteine levels
How Can I Prevent PAD?
The best way to prevent claudication is to maintain a healthy lifestyle. That means:
- Quit smoking
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Control blood sugar if you have diabetes
- Exercise for 30 to 45 minutes several times a week
- Lower your cholesterol
- Lower your blood pressure
- Eat foods low in saturated and trans fat
When Should I See A Doctor?
Call Sinai Laser Vein Center and make an appointment with one of our physicians if you are experiencing leg pain or numbness. Even if you don't have any obvious symptoms, you may need to get a peripheral artery disease test anyway if you are:
- Over 65
- Over 50 with a history of smoking or diabetes
- Under 50 with diabetes, obesity or high blood pressure