Treatment and Education
Timely detection and treatment of PVD can help reduce your symptoms, improve your quality of life, help you keep your independence and mobility, and reduce your risk of heart attack, stroke, leg amputation, and even death. The Vascular Clinic offers:
Screening and diagnostic tests
Ankle/brachial index (ABI)
This simple, non-invasive test uses blood pressure cuffs on the ankle and upper arm to screen for PAD in the legs.
Ultrasound images locate blockages or clots in the veins or arteries of the arms, legs and abdomen. In some cases, we may use computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans to obtain detailed pictures of arteries or veins.
Prevention and Wellness
You can manage and even prevent PVD by making lifestyle changes that reduce your risk factors. Our nurse practitioner is here to guide you, offering education and information on LG Health resources to help you quit smoking, become more active, control your blood pressure, manage your weight, and stay as active as possible.
Reducing PVD risks requires aggressive treatment of cholesterol and abnormal blood lipids, diabetes and blood pressure. We tailor medication therapies to reduce the risk of vascular complications, such as stroke. We can also offer medications that help reduce your pain and other symptoms.
Procedures and Surgeries
If the blood flow in one of your limbs is completely or almost completely blocked, you may benefit from having a procedure or surgery in addition to medications and lifestyle changes. Procedures such as angioplasty and bypass graft surgery will not cure PAD, but can improve the blood circulation to your legs and your ability to walk.
We offer procedures to relieve blockages, open narrowing blood vessels, and protect weak artery walls. Whenever possible, we restore blood flow using a more minimally invasive approach through catheter-based therapies, such as balloons, stents and new non-stent techniques.