What are the Common Risks Associated with Peripheral Arterial Disease?
Certain patients are at an elevated risk of developing peripheral arterial disease. These patients include:
- Patients who smoke
- Patients with diabetes
- Patients who are obese
- Patients with high cholesterol and/or blood pressure
- Family history of heart disease, stroke or peripheral artery disease
How is Peripheral Artery Disease Treated?
If a patient experiences an onset of peripheral artery disease symptoms, it is important to schedule a consultation as quickly as possible. The blocked blood flow to the legs or other limbs can raise the risk of infection, as well as cause pain and numbness. In severe cases, gangrene (tissue death) and the need for leg amputation can occur.
Peripheral arterial disease is easily diagnosed through a physical examination and heart and imaging tests. Many patients can control this condition with a combination of medicines, dietary changes, exercise and lifestyle modifications.
If you are experiencing symptoms of peripheral arterial disease, or peripheral artery disease, contact the pain physicians at OPTIMAL Pain & Regenerative Medicine®, proudly serving the greater Dallas, Arlington and Fort Worth, Texas area.