Diagnosis & Treatment for Peripheral Artery Disease
At Metro Heart & Vascular, we provide a comprehensive and coordinated team approach to the diagnosis and treatment of PAD. Our team works with each individual patient to develop an appropriate treatment plan, including management of risk factors to significantly reduce the effects of PAD and improve health.
We utilize the Ankle Brachial Index (ABI) test to help diagnose PAD. This quick and painless test compares blood pressure in the lower legs and feet to blood pressure in the arms and can help detect a problem with blood flow. Other tests include special ultrasounds, blood tests (to check for high cholesterol and diabetes), and angiography (injecting a dye into your blood vessels and taking X-ray images to check for narrowing or blockage of the vessels).
PAD treatments have two major goals. The first is to manage your symptoms so that you can resume your normal physical activities, and the second is to stop the progression of plaque buildup throughout your body, reducing your risk of heart attack and stroke. Treatments often include a combination of lifestyle changes, medications, and endovascular intervention or bypass surgery.
Our nationally-recognized specialists are experts in minimally-invasive endovascular procedures that effectively remove blockages with quicker recovery, often saving legs, fingers, and toes from being amputated.