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Lower Extremity Arterial Disease
|Vascular surgeon Satish Muluk, MD, evaluates a patient with peripheral vascular disease.|
Lower Extremity Arterial Disease, also called Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD), occurs when the arteries outside the brain and heart acquire a plaque buildup. This plaque leads to the narrowing of the peripheral arteries, causing inadequate blood flow to the body’s tissue. While the earliest signs of PVD are subtle, our vascular disease specialists utilize sophisticated diagnostics to successfully detect the condition, as well as equally advanced techniques to treat it.
We use compression or medication therapy to effectively treat patients with PVD. Compression treatments include pump therapy, manual drainage through massage therapy and various wrappings.
Patients who are undergoing anticoagulation therapy (blood-thinning medication) can count on timely laboratory service and quick results during the same visit—at our Anticoagulation Clinic.
Our specialists insert and inflate balloon-tipped catheters into arteries that have become clogged with plaque. This technique helps to improve blood flow for patients with PVD.
Thrombolytic Therapy/Mechanical Thrombectomy
To break up and dissolve clots that can cause heart attacks and strokes, our specialists either deliver clot-dissolving medication directly to blockages using a catheter or they disrupt and remove clots with a special catheter.
Our vascular surgeons are skilled at treating stubborn blockages by creating a blood-vessel detour around the affected area—much like the process used to bypass blocked arteries in the heart.