Peripheral Artery Disease

Peripheral Artery Disease Treatment

When you walk up a flight of stairs, do you feel an unusual ache in your legs that quickly fades when you rest? You might shrug it off as a sign of aging or lack of fitness, but what if it's a warning sign of something more serious? This is the reality for many individuals living with peripheral artery disease, a common yet often underdiagnosed condition that affects the arteries in your legs. At Capitol Cardiology Associates, we specialize in diagnosing and managing PAD with cutting-edge treatments and personalized treatment plans. Our team is here to ensure you receive the best possible outcomes. If you're experiencing any symptoms or have concerns about PAD, we encourage you to schedule a consultation today. 

Symptoms and Diagnosis for Peripheral Artery Disease

Peripheral artery disease affects the arteries in the legs, leading to reduced blood flow, which can cause a range of symptoms. The most common symptom is claudication, characterized by leg pain or discomfort when walking, which typically disappears after a few minutes of rest. Other symptoms might include numbness, weakness, or a cold sensation in the lower legs and feet, and in severe cases, noticeable skin color changes or delayed wound healing. Diagnosing PAD involves a few key steps. The evaluation initially includes a thorough review of your medical history and a physical examination. Your doctor may perform an Ankle-Brachial Index or ABI test, which compares your ankle blood pressure with the blood pressure in your arm to determine how well blood is flowing. Advanced imaging techniques such as ultrasound, angiography, or MRA may also be used to visualize the arteries and pinpoint areas of obstruction.

Treatment Options for Peripheral Artery Disease

Managing PAD requires a combination of lifestyle changes, medication, and, in some cases, procedural interventions. Lifestyle modifications like quitting smoking, exercising regularly, and maintaining a healthy diet are foundational steps to improving blood flow and reducing symptoms. Medications might be prescribed to manage pain and improve circulation. For those whose condition doesn't improve with conservative measures, procedural treatments such as angioplasty or stenting may be necessary. These procedures involve using a balloon or a stent to open up blocked arteries and restore normal blood flow.

Advances in Surgical Treatments for Peripheral Artery Disease

In recent years, the field of vascular surgery has seen advancements in the treatment of PAD. Minimally invasive methods have become more prevalent, offering patients shorter recovery times and less discomfort compared to traditional surgery. For instance, endovascular surgery, which includes angioplasty and stenting, allows surgeons to access affected arteries via a small incision, which reduces the risk of complications. One of the most innovative advancements is the development of drug-coated balloons and stents, which release medication directly into the artery wall to prevent re-narrowing after the procedure. These and other advancements continue to improve the safety and effectiveness of PAD treatments, offering new hope and better outcomes for patients.

Peripheral Artery Disease
Peripheral Artery Disease

Living with Peripheral Artery Disease

Living with PAD can be challenging, but with the right strategies, it's manageable. Key aspects include ongoing care, regular monitoring, and patient education to ensure optimal management of the condition. Regular check-ups with your cardiovascular specialist are foundational for monitoring the progression of the disease and to make treatment adjustments as necessary. Patients are also encouraged to engage in exercise programs that have been shown to improve walking distance and quality of life. Understanding the importance of foot care, recognizing the signs of complications early, and maintaining open communication with your healthcare provider are important components of effectively managing life with PAD.

Are You Concerned About PAD? 

At Capitol Cardiology Associates, we seek to empower our patients with the information and resources they need to manage their health effectively. Our team is here to support you every step of the way, from initial diagnosis to ongoing care and lifestyle adjustment. Call today to schedule a consultation. 

Review of Exceptional Healthcare Services

Jose Mendoza

My experience with the Capitol Cardiology Associates office was outstanding. From the time I initially talked to Dr Shetty on the phone to the moment I checked out. I had a very pleasant encounter with the front desk personnel. The staff is kind, gentle and informative. Pamela was very efficient, skilled and smart.  Took time to explain the procedure and broke it down in easy terms. I recommend this group with no reservations to whoever needs a cardiologist.

Bobbie Shockley

Even the office was excited busy, the staff remains super courteous and respectful. Dr. Shetty and his students were kind and efficient. Check out is a breeze. Those with disabilities were treated with great respect. I feel well cared for here at Capitol  Cardiology.

Isatu Sesay

Dr Raj Shetty. I wanted to thank you so so much, my blood pressure is normal now praise God.All because of you, my physician cannot get it in control then he Reffered me to you. I thank God and you because it’s all in control now. May God continue to bless your hand , you are so patient.

Jeanette McQueen

I had an excellent experience at Capitol Cardiology Associates. From the moment I walked into the suite everyone was friendly and courteous. When I was taken in the back the Medical Assistant was very professional and made me feel comfortable. My Cardiologist, Dr. Venugopal, had an excellent bedside manner and reassured me that all was okay. The checkout receptionist was very helpful as well. She made sure I had all the documents I needed and provided a copy to my primary care physician. Well done guys!??

Kuron Rice

On my first visit to Capitol Cardiology Associates, the staff were punctual, professional & friendly.  I enjoyed every aspect of the visit. The lady who checks you in has high energy & is very fun. My nurse was very nice as well. But my doctor, Dr. Foushee was attentive to symptoms & asked lots of question to find out the problem & it's source. For top notch service visit Capitol Cardiology Associates!!!

Bonnie Moreland

Everyone that I had contact with in the office were so pleasant. I feel Claire, PA listened to me about my concerns. She assured me that tests will be done and we'll figure out what's going on and that I'll be feeling better soon.

James Churchill

This was my first visit to a specialist, Dr. Venugopal. While the appointment took time to get, I was greeted promptly, the staff treated me well both coming in and leaving and the doctor is one of the finest I've encountered. Not only was he informative, his professional demeanor was complemented by a a humor that matched my own, a talent not always found in potentially serious situations. I would highly recommend!

J D McCall

Dr. Forrester is very professional, competent, thorough and caring. He is thoughtful, knowledgeable & attentive.The staff are very kind, professional & attentive as well. Overall excellent place to go.

Yvonne Martinez Vega

I have had positive experience with the staff of Capital Cardiology. They are courteous, professional and efficient. Dr. Clarence Findley is fabulous. He takes his time explaining , asking questions etc. Not something one sees now a days.

Rhonda McNair

I really was sick not knowing just how sick. My PC referred me to Dr. Clarence Fendly with only three visits two office and one hospital I am great. I thank God for him. He explained everything to me where I could understand,  but he's gone now, and I am going to miss him. I feel sorry for all on this side of the earth that never had the opportunity to get his help. Where ever he's moved on to someone will be blessed. Thanks Dr. Fendley. Rhonda McNair