Peripheral Artery Disease Specialist

South Charlotte General and Vascular Surgery

Vascular Surgeon located in Charlotte, NC

One in every 20 Americans over age 50 has peripheral artery disease, or PAD, which puts them at risk for stroke or heart disease. At South Charlotte General and Vascular Surgery in Charlotte, North Carolina, Dr. James Antezana has extensive experience in treating and diagnosing PAD. As a trained vascular surgeon, Dr. Antezana understands the importance of addressing PAD early to prevent serious complications down the road. To learn more, call or book an appointment online.

Peripheral Artery Disease Q & A

South Charlotte General and Vascular Surgery

What is peripheral artery disease?

Peripheral artery disease is a condition that causes your arteries to narrow, which is also called atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis develops as a result of fatty deposit (or plaque) buildup along the inside walls of your arteries, hampering their ability to efficiently deliver blood, in the case of PAD, to areas outside of your chest.

To understand PAD better, it’s good to go back to basics: Veins transport blood to your heart, while your arteries are responsible for delivering your blood from your heart to all parts of your body. If your arteries are not circulating blood properly to certain areas, the function of those areas can be severely compromised. PAD most commonly affects your legs, but the condition can also affect your stomach, arms, and head.

PAD can range from mild to severe — in fact, many people who have mild PAD may not be aware of the condition. Left unchecked, PAD can lead to serious complications, such as stroke, gangrene, or amputation.

What are the symptoms of peripheral artery disease?

Depending on the seriousness of your PAD, you may experience the following:

  • Claudication, which is pain in your lower legs caused by too little blood flow
  • Leg cramping, numbness, or weakness
  • A temperature drop in your lower leg or foot
  • Persistent sores on your legs or feet
  • A change to the color of your skin in the affected areas

If your PAD is mild, you may experience these symptoms only intermittently. Whether your symptoms are mild or severe, however, have Dr. Antezana take a closer look — the earlier he diagnoses and treats PAD, the better.

What are the treatments for peripheral artery disease?

Depending on the severity of your PAD, Dr. Antezana offers several treatment options, either separately or in combination. These include:

  • Cholesterol or blood pressure medications
  • Angioplasty: widening the artery by inserting a balloon
  • Atherectomy: using a catheter to remove the plaque
  • Stents to hold your arteries open
  • Bypass surgery

After reviewing your case, Dr. Antezana discusses the treatment options with you, typically recommending a conservative approach to start.

To learn more about how Dr. Antezana can treat your PAD, call South Charlotte General and Vascular Surgery or book an appointment online.