The vascular system performs one of the body’s most important functions: carrying blood, oxygen and nutrients to tissues throughout the body. So it should be of no surprise that circulatory system disease and dysfunction can cause serious health problems.
In the U.S. alone, vascular disease causes 715,000 hearts attacks each year. Even more alarming, as many as 20% of adults over age 55 have peripheral artery disease (PAD), a circulatory disease in which arterial plaque restricts blood flow to the extremities, usually the legs and feet. The most common symptom of PAD is called intermittent claudication, a medical term for painful cramping in the legs or hips during activities like walking or climbing stairs that typically disappears when the legs are at rest. PAD symptoms can also include numbness, tingling and weakness in the lower legs, burning, aching and/or coldness in the feet or toes, and a leg or foot wound that won’t heal.
Because PAD is most common in people over 50, many folks disregard symptoms as a normal part of aging, but PAD is usually a sign of widespread atherosclerosis, meaning blood flow to the heart and brain is also restricted. The good news is that, once diagnosed, there are treatments to arrest and correct PAD.
The Board Certified Interventional Radiologists of RAO’s Center for Vascular Health (CVH) have effective, quick and painless tests to diagnose PAD, as well as a full spectrum of quality vascular testing and treatments for a variety of conditions. CVH’s medical team utilizes the latest technology and procedures to diagnose and treat vascular disease, including arterial angiograms, uterine artery embolization, tumor ablation, catheter placement, CTA heart vessel evaluation, even permanent treatment for varicose veins. CVH also offers non-vascular treatments to address spinal pain syndromes, including steroid injections, nerve root blocks and more.
If you have a vascular or spinal pain condition and would like answers, the friendly staff of CVH is happy to assist you. When warranted, we will work closely with your doctor to help get you back on the road to optimal health.
CVH – Vascular care from doctors dedicated to keeping you in circulation.
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