What Everyone Ought to Know About Peripheral Artery Disease

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) can affect the quality of your life by subjecting you to endless pain and grave complications, like an amputation. Dr. Rishin Shah is a Plano peripheral artery disease specialist that understands how PAD is likely to make a negative impact on your life. Dr. Shah is well versed in the use of advanced equipment, innovative treatments that can keep you safe from an amputation.

What Is Peripheral Artery Disease?

Peripheral artery disease is a medical condition that follows when there is a decrease in blood circulation due to an excessive buildup of plaque in your arteries. PAD restricts the flow of blood in your toes, feet, legs, and arteries in other parts of your body.

Decreased circulation of blood can cause more leg pain with rest or force. You may suffer from cramping, wounds that take weeks to heal, aching pain, numbness, weightiness, weakness in legs, dry and discolored skin, and a cold feeling.

Risk Factors for PAD

The risk factors of peripheral artery disease include:

  • High blood pressure
  • Being over fifty
  • High cholesterol
  • Heart disease
  • Tobacco use
  • Diabetes

PAD can bring foot and leg sores that might not heal properly if left untreated. In some cases, your wounds can get infected in due time, making it necessary for critical limb ischemia or amputation. PAD is highly associated with an increased risk of heart disease, and a restricted flow of blood to the heart can lead to heart attacks and angina.

Treatment for Peripheral Artery Disease

Dr. Rishin Shah uses a highly personalized treatment plan offering a wide range of effective treatments that include:

  • Opening blockages when necessary using minimally invasive procedures
  • Lifestyle changes like dietary adjustments and exercise
  • Supervised walking therapy
  • Physical rehabilitation
  • Medications

To give the best treatment, Dr. Shah evaluates your condition based on factors like symptoms, family, and medical history. Treatment includes lifestyle approaches like changes to your exercise and dietary plans. Medication and other forms of treatment are used to supplement lifestyle changes to improve your chances of recovering faster.

Dr. Shah uses minimally invasive treatments to restore the flow of blood to your legs. Minimally invasive procedures used include:

  • Stent- the doctor uses a metal scaffold to help keep an artery open.
  • Atherectomy- is used to remove plaque from the artery.
  • Balloon angioplasty- A small tube plays the role of an IV of increasing blood flow by flattening blockages to the sides.

For most procedures used by Dr. Shah, you can return home on the same day of treatment.

When you visit the center, you are guided on how to protect yourself from PAD through a healthy lifestyle, regular exercise, living stress-free, and making your diet more nutrient based. If you have concerns or symptoms of peripheral artery disease, visit Dr. Shah, sooner than later.

If you are in Allen, Plano, or Frisco, Texas, and looking to receive quality and compassionate care, you can call the office to make consultations or use the online booking tool. 


News Reporter