Peripheral artery disease (PAD) often gets overlooked by healthcare professionals. Because the symptoms of PAD mimic other health issues, your primary care physician may be unaware of this underlying disorder. If you have a family history of vein disorders or suspect you may have peripheral artery disease, visit Vein Health Clinics in Oviedo, Winter Haven, and Apopka, Florida. As a trusted peripheral artery disease practitioner, Obinna Nwobi, MD, is trained to diagnose and treat peripheral artery disease.
Peripheral artery disease (PAD) causes narrowing of the peripheral arteries in your legs, arms, stomach, and head. Usually, though, PAD affects the arteries in your legs.
The most common cause of PAD is atherosclerosis, which causes narrowing and thickening of your arteries if you have high blood pressure or high cholesterol (or both). Your risk of developing peripheral artery disease naturally rises as you age.
While you can’t do anything about your age, you can make a few lifestyle changes to reduce your risk of developing peripheral artery disease, including:
Peripheral artery disease typically causes cramping and pain in your legs and hips, especially while walking or climbing stairs. Some patients also complain of muscle weakness or fatigue in their lower extremities. Usually, any discomfort disappears when you rest, only to resurface when you start walking again.
While some patients experience lower extremity discomfort, others never have any pain. Many men and women live with undiagnosed PAD for years because they don’t have symptoms. Without an early intervention treatment, peripheral artery disease can become a more serious health concern, even increasing your risk of blood clots.
As an expert vascular surgeon who practices modern peripheral artery disease treatments, Dr. Nwobi typically treats PAD with a minimally invasive in-office procedure, such as atherectomy, angioplasty, and stenting. With little to no downtime, these treatments help resolve PAD without requiring you to go through an invasive surgery.
Dr. Nwobi sometimes suggests supervised exercise programs, such as physical therapy, to further reduce issues associated with peripheral artery disease.
Whether you already received a peripheral artery disease diagnosis or you want to get a thorough evaluation, schedule an appointment at Vein Health Clinics. You can use the convenient online booking feature or give the office a call.