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Peripheral artery disease (PAD): an overview

Arteries play a crucial role in delivering oxygen-rich blood from the heart to various parts of the body, ensuring proper tissue function and health. Normally, arteries remain open and flexible, allowing blood to flow freely. However, in peripheral artery disease (PAD), a condition prevalent in the lower extremities, arteries become narrowed or blocked due to the buildup of fatty deposits called plaque. This buildup, known as atherosclerosis, restricts blood flow, leading to symptoms such as leg pain, numbness, and weakness, particularly during physical activity.

PAD typically develops gradually over time, often due to underlying risk factors such as smoking, diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. As plaque accumulates within the arteries, it hinders the smooth flow of blood, causing reduced circulation to the legs and feet. Without adequate blood supply, tissues may not receive enough oxygen and nutrients, resulting in discomfort or pain, especially when walking or exercising. Left untreated, PAD can progress, increasing the risk of complications such as ulcers, infections, and even limb amputation, making PAD treatment in St. Louis a vital practice.

Doctor making a plan for PAD treatment in St. Louis

Potential symptoms of peripheral artery disease (PAD):

  • Leg pain or cramping, particularly during physical activity (intermittent claudication)
  • Numbness or weakness in the legs
  • Coldness or discoloration of the legs or feet
  • Sores or wounds on the legs or feet that heal slowly or not at all
  • Weak or absent pulses in the legs or feet
  • Erectile dysfunction in men
  • Hair loss or slow hair growth on the legs
  • Shiny skin on the legs
  • Weaker toenails or thickened toenails

Personalized vascular treatment options at SVSS

At St. Louis Vascular Surgical Specialists (SVSS), we understand that peripheral artery disease (PAD) requires personalized care tailored to each individual’s unique circumstances. Under the guidance of Dr. Hacker, a board-certified surgeon with extensive experience in vascular health, you can expect comprehensive evaluation and customized treatment plans to address your PAD effectively.

Dr. Hacker will meet with you to discuss your symptoms, medical history, and lifestyle factors contributing to PAD. Through a thorough examination and diagnostic tests such as ankle-brachial index (ABI) testing or imaging studies, he will accurately assess the severity of your condition. Based on this evaluation, Dr. Hacker will collaborate with you to develop a plan for PAD treatment in St. Louis including lifestyle modifications, medications, minimally invasive procedures such as angioplasty or stenting, or surgical interventions if necessary.

Person meditating for PAD treatment in St. Louis

Schedule your consultation with Dr. Hacker

St. Louis Vascular Surgical Specialists is your destination for expert care in managing peripheral artery disease (PAD). Under the guidance of Dr. Robert Hacker, a double board-certified general and vascular surgeon, each patient receives our complete and undivided attention. Take the first step towards improved vascular health by scheduling your consultation with Dr. Hacker today. Our team is here to support you on your journey to better health and well-being.

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