Atherosclerosis occurs when normally unobstructed arteries become blocked by plaque. Made up of calcium, cholesterol, and fibrous tissue, plaque causes the arteries to narrow and harden. As a result, less blood flows to the legs and the legs do not receive the oxygen that they need. It’s possible to feel unaffected and still suffer from leg artery disease, which can cause dangerous complications down the road, including limb loss, heart attack, and stroke. As experts in atherosclerosis and PAD treatment, Advanced Vascular Surgery is well-positioned to assist you with both diagnosis and treatment. In today’s post, we’re going to look at some of the symptoms of atherosclerosis and discuss a few of the treatment options.
The first symptoms that you experience will likely be pain, cramping, or fatigue in your lower body. These symptoms will become especially prevalent when performing strenuous exercise. Called “intermittent claudication,” the pain will usually subside when you rest. As the atherosclerosis progresses, your symptoms may worsen, including severe pain, numbness, and coldness in your limbs. If treatment is not sought, the muscles in your legs may weaken and gangrene may occur.
There are a number of treatment options for atherosclerosis, including lifestyle changes, medications, and surgery. Other options include angioplasty and stenting, as well as an atherectomy. Depending on the progression of the disease and your current symptoms, your doctor will recommend the best treatment option for you.
At Advanced Vascular Surgery, we are the area’s leading PAD treatment specialists. With years of experience and team of dedicated, educated professionals, we have over 22 years of combined board-certified mid-level provider experience. If you’re concerned about peripheral artery disease or atherosclerosis, we encourage you to reach out to us today, discuss your experience, and learn how we can help.