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SOURCE Virginia Interventional & Vascular Associates
Love Your Limbs™ Campaign Highlights Peripheral Arterial Disease
FREDERICKSBURG, Va., June 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Older adults who experience leg cramping or heaviness when walking short distances may think it's a normal part of aging, but these symptoms can signal a serious medical condition called peripheral arterial disease, according to healthcare providers with Virginia Interventional & Vascular Associates (VIVA). VIVA is helping raise awareness in the Fredericksburg region about symptoms, treatments, and prevention as part of the national Love Your Limbs™ campaign.
Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) causes blockages in the legs or arms. If untreated, it significantly increases the risk for heart attacks, strokes, and amputations.
"Adults of all ages should contact their physicians if they experience symptoms of PAD, but people who smoke, those with diabetes, and anyone over 50 years old should pay particular attention," says Dr. R. Donald Doherty, Jr., a board certified and fellowship trained interventional radiologist with VIVA. "It is important to start treating PAD before it progresses to an even more dangerous condition, called critical limb ischemia."
Information on PAD is available on VIVA's Website, at http://www.vivassociates.com/services/peripheral-arterial-disease/ . The national campaign is sponsored by Bard Peripheral Vascular. VIVA professionals have been visiting local doctors' offices to provide campaign materials for improved patient education.
PAD Symptoms Can Include:
Painless tests for diagnosing PAD include the ankle-brachial index (ABI) and CT scans. Physicians may also use MR angiograms or catheter angiograms.
"Treatments vary depending upon the patient's condition," says Dr. Doherty. "Front-line treatments include surgical bypass, angioplasty and stenting, but we also have newer procedures that are minimally invasive, including laser atherectomy, and rotational atherectomy."
VIVA is the interventional radiology and vascular surgery practice of Radiologic Associates of Fredericksburg. For more information, visit www.vivassociates.com or call (540) 654-9118.
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