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Clogged Artery Treatment Options for Indio, CA
Peripheral Vascular (Arterial Plaque) Disease & Treatment in Palm Springs & Hemet, CA
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It is important that when you are given a diagnosis of Peripheral Vascular Disease (also called Clogged Artery Disease) or Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) you understand that you have choices. Here at Premier Surgical Associates, our staff of specialists and highly trained doctors can help you to make the right decision that best fits your lifestyle, your health and your future.
Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) is a narrowing of the peripheral arteries, which carry blood to your head, limbs and organs. With PAD, Plaque builds up in these arteries over time, which creates the narrowing and restrict the oxygen rich blood flow to these areas. Sometimes, it can start with minor leg pain, but if not treated, can lead to something as severe as a heart attack, stroke and sometimes amputation. There are good treatments for this disease, but early diagnosis is the key.
Some Key Dangers To Look For With Arterial Plaque Or Clogged Arteries?
Clogged Arteries (Peripheral Vascular Disease) can happen in different parts of the body and depending on where the plaque has accumulated; there are multiple medical conditions that could occur. These include:
- Coronary Artery Disease. You experience this when the plaque has accumulated in the arteries that carry blood to your heart. Coronary Artery Disease is also referred to as heart disease and if not treated can lead to a heart attack.
- Carotid Artery Disease. These arteries are located on each side of your neck and they supply oxygen rich blood to your brain. The plaque that accumulates around the carotid artery creates a narrowing of the path where this blood flows and as a result can lead to a stroke.
- Peripheral Artery Disease. As mentioned above, PAD is a serious condition. In this case the peripheral arteries that carry blood to your limbs develop plaque. The result of this plaque build-up is a restriction of that oxygen rich blood from travelling to those limbs. This restriction can cause increased pain, numbness and serious infections to your feet & legs.
Very often, when someone is experiencing clogged arteries, they do not know it until a major event, like a heart attack or stroke, occurs. As the buildup of arterial plaque occurs, it may cause many symptoms that could include:
- Chest Pain
- Heart Attack
With Carotid Artery Disease, prior to a major stroke, you may experience something known as Transient Ischemic Attacks (TIAs). TIAs may produce the following symptoms:
- Sensation of weakness or numbness on one side of your body
- Inability to move an arm or a leg
- Transient loss of vision in one eye
- Slurring of words
When you experience Clogged Arteries to your limbs, this may cause:
- Leg Pain
- Delayed healing of injuries to your feet
- Cold feet
- Gangrene – which can lead to an amputation
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Premier Surgical Associates Can Test & Treat Peripheral Vascular Disease & Peripheral Arterial Disease.
There are several tests available for clogged artery disease and, based on your symptoms and medical history, we will work with you to determine which tests to prescribe. These Ultrasound Studies could include:
- Cartoid Duplex
- Ankle Brachial Indices
- Pulse Volume Recordings
- Vascular Duplex Studies, for lower extremities
- CTA (Computed Tomography Angiogram)
- Formal Angiography
Once the appropriate test is completed, you will meet with our specialist and together you will determine the next best course of action. There are a variety of prevention and treatment options for clogged artery disease and this may depend on the severity of your condition and also your medical history
Typically, there are three directions you will be advised to take.
- Lifestyle Changes. A healthy lifestyle is an essential part of treating, living with and managing the arterial plaque found that caused your clogged arteries. This includes:
- Eating a diet that is low in saturated fats, sugars, cholesterol and simple carbohydrates…but rich in fruits, vegetables and healthy proteins.
- Maintaining an healthy body weight. Please make sure you talk to your doctor about the range of what a healthy weight is specific for your body type.
- Stop all smoking!
- Regular weekly exercise program
- Management of your stress levels
- Ensuring that you keep your blood pressure & cholesterol low. If on medication, ensuring that you take this medicine as prescribed.
- For Diabetics, maintaining low blood sugars.
- Medications. A number of medications may help control some of the factors that contribute to the accumulation of arterial plaque. These include:
- Cholesterol Lowering Medications
- Blood Pressure Lowering Medications
- Aspirin and Other Blood Thinning Drugs (these could help to reduce the likelihood of a blood clot forming)
- Surgical Procedures. In some cases, surgery may be a necessary option; this will be determined by the results of your tests. Surgery not only treats the clogged artery that is found, but is may also prevent arterial plaque from accumulating. Some of the Surgical Options include:
- Balloon Angioplasty. This procedure will be sued to open the clogged arteries found to have been partially or fully blocked.
- Stent Placement. With this procedure, a metal tube, called a stent and may contain medication, is placed in the clogged artery to maintain adequate blood flow.
- Bypass Surgery. In this procedure, the clogged arteries are placed with healthy arteries from another part of the body and will help the oxygen rich blood to reach the target destination.
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Dr. David Johnson MD;
Dr. Eric R. Presser MD;
Dr. Christina N. Jenkins MD
If you are seeking relief from Peripheral Vascular & Arterial Disease problems, it's important to know you have choices. There is hope for relief. Let the doctors at Premier Surgical Associates in Palm Springs, La Quinta & Hemet CA guide you to the right solution for these serious issues.
Please call us to set up an appointment with one of our doctors and get treatment right away.
The information above is intended for informational purposes only. It is not medical advice and is not a substitute for professional
medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.
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