Peripheral Artery Disease
Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a common condition that affects 12-20 percent of Americans age 65 and older. Peripheral artery disease is a result of the narrowing of blood vessels that lead to the extremities, most commonly the legs. Like coronary artery disease, peripheral artery disease is caused by atherosclerosis, a build-up of plaque in the arteries.
Peripheral artery disease can present with symptoms such as pain or cramping in the extremities, as well as muscle fatigue while walking. Patients experience pain that subsides with rest and returns once movement recommences. Peripheral artery disease is often left undiagnosed or mistaken for other conditions. Diagnosing PAD correctly is extremely important because patients with peripheral artery disease have an increased likelihood of suffering traumatic cardiovascular events, such as a heart attack or stroke.
In many cases, peripheral artery disease can be treated successfully with lifestyle changes, such as eating a healthier diet and not smoking. Keeping both blood pressure levels and bad cholesterol levels low also helps to improve this condition.
Peripheral Artery Disease Conditions
Dr. Rahmani screens for and treats the following conditions associated with peripheral arterial disease:
- Lower extremity arterial and venous disease
- Carotid artery stenosis
- Renal artery stenosis
- Abdominal aortic aneurysm