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Peripheral Artery Disease

Peripheral Artery Disease services offered in Sheboygan and Milwaukee, WI.

Peripheral artery disease affects an estimated 6.5 million Americans aged 40 and older. Third Coast Vascular offers interventional strategies to lower your risk for complications that peripheral artery disease can cause. The vascular specialist team uses state-of-the-art technologies to assess the health of your peripheral arteries. They personalize a care plan using lifestyle changes, medications, and minimally invasive procedures to improve blood circulation in your arms and legs. Call the Sheboygan or Milwaukee, Wisconsin, office to schedule a peripheral artery disease consultation, or book an appointment online today. 

Peripheral Artery Disease Q & A

What is peripheral artery disease?

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a condition where narrowing in your arteries limits blood circulation in your arms and legs. The narrowing is often the result of atherosclerosis, a buildup of fatty deposits along the walls of your vessels.

Risk factors for peripheral artery disease include:

  • Aging
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Smoking history
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)

You may also be at increased risk if you have a family history of peripheral artery disease, stroke, or heart disease.

Third Coast Vascular provides comprehensive care for adults with peripheral artery disease. Interventional vascular specialists use state-of-the-art imaging technology to evaluate blood flow in your peripheral blood vessels. They customize a treatment plan to relieve any symptoms and protect the long-term health of your arteries.

What are the symptoms of peripheral artery disease?

Often, peripheral artery disease progresses without warning because you may not experience any symptoms in the early stages. As the condition worsens, you may have issues like:

  • Leg cramping
  • Leg or arm pain
  • Coldness in the feet or hands
  • Skin discoloration in the legs

You might also notice that your leg hair and toenails grow slower than usual.

The physicians use ultrasound imaging and other diagnostic technologies to identify blood vessel blockages and confirm the cause of your symptoms.

They may also recommend preventive screenings for peripheral artery disease before you experience any symptoms if you smoke or have other risk factors.

How is peripheral artery disease treated?

Third Coast Vascular offers customized treatment plans for peripheral artery disease based on the severity of your symptoms.

The physicians can recommend strategies to relieve leg pain and other symptoms and improve blood circulation through your limbs. These strategies may include:

  • Daily exercises
  • Diet improvements
  • Compression stockings
  • Angioplasty and stent placement
  • Bypass surgery

You may also need prescription medications to manage diabetes, high cholesterol, or high blood pressure that contributes to peripheral artery disease.

Quitting smoking is also an essential part of your treatment plan to prevent worsening artery damage. If you’re unable to quit, the physicians can provide resources that help you kick the habit for good.

Call Third Coast Vascular to schedule a diagnostic evaluation for peripheral artery disease symptoms, or book an appointment online today.