Peripheral artery disease can be painful and have serious complications, including amputation. At Prime Heart and Vascular, Dr. Rishin Shah is a vascular specialist with over a decade of experience treating men and women with peripheral artery disease. Dr. Shah knows how the condition can impact your daily life and offers innovative treatments to lower your risks and avoid complications. Important blood vessels meander through your entire cardiovascular system. Let a trained cardiologist help you take better care of them. Call the Allen, Frisco, Prosper, Celina, Little Elm, Carrollton, or Plano, Texas, office today for a consultation or book online.
Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a common medical condition that occurs when plaque buildup in the arteries causes a decrease in blood circulation. PAD usually restricts blood flow in the legs, feet, and toes, but it can affect arteries anywhere in your body.
The decreased circulation can cause leg pain with rest or exertion. You might also experience cramping, dry and discolored skin, wounds that won’t heal after a couple of weeks, aching pain, and a feeling of cold, numbness, heaviness, or weakness in the legs.
The risk factors for PAD include:
PAD can lead to foot and leg sores. If left untreated, these sores might not heal properly and might become infected and necessitate amputation, or critical limb ischemia (CLI) in severe cases. PAD is also associated with an increased risk of heart disease and restricted blood flow to the heart can lead to angina and heart attacks.
Dr. Shah devises customized treatment plans and offers a range of effective treatments for PAD, including:
Dr. Shah first assesses your condition based on your symptoms, medical and family history, and other factors. He typically begins with lifestyle approaches, such as diet and exercise, and utilizes other treatments when needed. A healthy lifestyle with stress-relief, regular exercise, and a nutrient-dense diet can aid in the management and prevention of PAD.
It’s important to remember that a minimally invasive treatment to restore blood flow to your legs can help to save your legs and feet and prevent amputation. For most minimally invasive procedures you can return home on the same day. Dr. Shah offers effective minimally invasive treatments, such as:
Dr. Shah specializes in preventing amputations. If you have symptoms or concerns about peripheral artery disease, visit Dr. Shah for compassionate care. Call or schedule your personal consultation online.