Peripheral Arterial Disease: What You Should Know

If you are suffering from peripheral arterial disease, or suspect you may be, Dr. James McGuckin of Pennsylvania Vascular Institute is here to help you. We are proud to serve the Eastern Pennsylvania area, including Stroudsburg, Bethlehem, Limerick, King Of Prussia, and Philadelphia, PA. 

What Is Peripheral Arterial Disease?

Peripheral arterial disease, also called PAD, is a condition associated with narrow arteries or arteries that get clogged with fat deposits. The narrow arteries can ultimately reduce blood flow to your arms and legs. PAD is more commonly found in those who have a high-fat diet, are obese, smoke, have diabetes, have kidney failure, have had a stroke, or suffer from heart disease. One of the good things about peripheral arterial disease is that less advanced cases can often be treated simply by stopping smoking, eating a healthy diet, and losing weight. Other treatments are available for more advanced cases. 

How Is Peripheral Arterial Disease Diagnosed?

The peripheral arterial disease can be diagnosed in a number of different ways in Stroudsburg, Bethlehem, Limerick, King Of Prussia, and Philadelphia, PA. If a person has multiple risk factors and/or they are experiencing pain in their legs or arms, a doctor may order tests to determine if the patient is suffering from PAD. One of the tests that can be done is an ABI, or ankle-brachial index test, which measures blood pressure and blood flow. A duplex ultrasound can be used to examine blood flow in the legs. A CTA, or computed tomography angiography, can be used to visually see the blood vessels, and an MRA, or magnetic resonance angiography, can be used to measure the severity of PAD if it is present. 

What Are the Consequences of Untreated Peripheral Arterial Disease? 

If the peripheral arterial disease is left untreated, it can negatively affect a patient's quality of life. It can cause pain and swell in the limbs. Mobility can become harder or impossible as the disease progresses, which can negatively affect someone's quality of life. Lastly, this disease increases a person's risk of heart attack or stroke. As such, consulting with a doctor and coming up with a personalized treatment plan is extremely important.

The peripheral arterial disease can be a serious condition that can have negative effects on a person's health. This is why it needs to be treated quickly and properly. Dr. James McGuckin, associated with Pennsylvania Vascular Institute, serving the greater Stroudsburg, Bethlehem, Limerick, King Of Prussia, and Philadelphia, PA. area would love to help you with all of your PAD needs. Call our office to schedule an appointment at  (800) 296-9294. 

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