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Peripheral artery disease (also called peripheral arterial disease) is a common circulatory problem in which narrowed arteries reduce blood flow to your limbs. When you develop peripheral artery disease (PAD), your extremities — usually your legs — don't receive enough blood flow to keep up with demand. This causes symptoms, most notably leg pain when walking (intermittent claudication). Peripheral artery disease is also likely to be a sign of a more widespread accumulation of fatty deposits in your arteries (atherosclerosis). This condition may be reducing blood flow to your heart and brain, as well as your legs. Often, you can successfully treat peripheral artery disease by quitting tobacco, exercising and eating a healthy diet.
Causes and Risk Factors
The leading cause of peripheral arterial disease is atherosclerosis, a condition that involves the buildup of plaque. Cardiologists have identified a number of risk factors that can contribute to PAD, including tobacco use, high blood pressure, insulin resistance, and diabetes. Being over the age of 50, having high cholesterol, and having a personal or family history of stroke are additional risk factors.
While many people with peripheral artery disease have mild or no symptoms, some people have leg pain when walking (intermittent claudication). Intermittent claudication symptoms include muscle pain or cramping in your legs or arms that's triggered by activity, such as walking, but disappears after a few minutes of rest. The location of the pain depends on the location of the clogged or narrowed artery. Calf pain is the most common location. The severity of intermittent claudication varies widely, from mild discomfort to debilitating pain. Severe intermittent claudication can make it hard for you to walk or do other types of physical activity.
Peripheral artery disease symptoms include:
Painful cramping in your hip, thigh or calf muscles after activity, such as walking or climbing stairs (intermittent claudication)
Leg numbness or weakness
Coldness in your lower leg or foot, especially when compared with the other side
Sores on your toes, feet or legs that won't heal
A change in the color of your legs
Hair loss or slower hair growth on your feet and legs
Slower growth of your toenails
Shiny skin on your legs
No pulse or a weak pulse in your legs or feet
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Your cardiologist may recommend medications to treat PAD, such as drugs to control cholesterol and blood pressure. Sometimes, surgery may be needed if one limb or an artery has obstructed blood flow. Lifestyle modifications can be helpful for managing PAD, such as quitting smoking and exercising regularly.
At Cardiac Solutions, our cardiologists will help you explore your PAD treatment options to improve your cardiovascular health. Schedule a visit with a cardiologist today by calling (623) 208-5305. Our heart clinics are conveniently located in Glendale, Avondale, Peoria, and Sun City West.
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Studies show that making a few simple changes to your lifestyle can drastically reduce your risk of heart disease and heart attack. Cardiologists have identified some major risk factors of heart disease that you can control with lifestyle changes. For example, if you smoke, quitting will significantly improve your health. You can also lead a physically active lifestyle, maintain a healthy weight, and manage your cholesterol and blood pressure levels to reduce your risk of heart disease.
A little exercise each day can go a long way try some easy exercise ideas, such as jumping rope and using a hula hoop.
The cardiology team at Cardiac Solutions will work closely with you to help you reach your health goals. Contact our heart centers in Peoria, Sun City West, or Avondale by calling (623) 208-5305.
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If your cardiologist diagnoses you with an arrhythmia, it means that you have an abnormal heartbeat. There are many different types of arrhythmias, including atrial fibrillation, bradycardia, and ventricular fibrillation. Your heart doctor will explain the type of arrhythmia you have and discuss your treatment options, such as medications and lifestyle modifications.
Discuss all of your symptoms with your cardiologist, which may include heart palpitations, or the feeling that your heart has skipped a beat. You may also feel faint or lightheaded, dizzy, and short of breath. Other symptoms of arrhythmias to watch out for include chest discomfort, pounding in the chest, and fatigue.
Cardiology patients respond in different ways to medications. Your heart doctor may try a few different medications before finding the one that’s right for you. Some examples of drugs used to treat an arrhythmia include anticoagulants to lower your risk of blood clots. Your cardiologist may also prescribe antiarrhythmic drugs such as beta-blockers to manage your heart rate.
Treatments range from diet change and medication. There also treatments such as: cardioversions, ablations and implantation of devices. In some cases surgery may be the recommended treatment for the arrhythmia.
Lifestyle modifications may help manage your condition. Cardiologists generally recommend avoiding cough and cold medications that contain stimulants. You may also need to limit your consumption of alcohol and caffeine. If you smoke, quitting can greatly improve your heart health and help manage your condition.
At Cardiac Solutions, we take a team-oriented approach to patient care. Our cardiologists provide personalized patient care, educational courses, and classes for family members to support heart health in our area. Those looking for a cardiologist in the Phoenix, Glendale, or Sun City West areas are welcome to call us at (623) 208-5305.