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