Technology advances offer treatment options for PAD

Posted 5/9/18

Peripheral Arterial Disease, or PAD, is a medical condition that can affect the circulatory system, and have real consequences on one’s quality of life.

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Technology advances offer treatment options for PAD


Peripheral Arterial Disease, or PAD, is a medical condition that can affect the circulatory system, and have real consequences on one’s quality of life. In the advanced form of the disease, Critical Limb Ischemia can occur leading to tissue death. This disease process can be treated when diagnosed early, and in many cases the progression can be delayed if not prevented.

If you have sought medical care and received a diagnosis/treatment plan of amputation as your only choice, you do have other options. Advances in technology have created options that prevent unnecessary amputations, resulting in a happier, healthier life.

Feeling of pain, loss of sensation, open sores or wounds that won’t heal, weakness when walking, can be the signs of PAD. If you experience any of these symptoms, especially if you are also being treated for diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and are a current or past smoker, you should seek care immediately.

"Time is tissue," and delays in dealing with the change in flow can cause tissue death in your toes, feet and legs.

If a tree doesn’t have a healthy root structure and branches, water cannot flow to the entire tree. When water fails to flow freely throughout the tree, the whole tree will eventually die. The blood flow in your body functions similarly to that which takes place in nature. If blood is unable to reach parts of the body, those parts and their tissue will die resulting in loss of limbs/appendages.

The acronym FLOW (Feeling of pain, Loss of sensation, Open sores or wounds that won’t heal, and Weakness when walking) is a simple reminder of what signs and symptoms one should be aware of in the body.

The statement “time is tissue” holds true when describing the flow of circulation in a patient. Whether it is a heart attack, stroke or PAD/CLI, the longer the period of time the flow is restricted, there is less chance for a successful outcome.

The ability to access medical providers who are trained in the latest techniques and technologies can create life changing outcomes for patients. If you have a friend, loved one or parent who suffers from PAD/CLI, don’t wait to seek medical attention.

Advanced medical care is now available, and being provided at offices like ours.

Using the FLOW identifiers allows you to become the best advocate for yourself, your family or loved ones. Being aware of symptoms associated with PAD/CLI, and seeking treatment as quickly as possible, results in patients achieving victory over amputation.

Dr. Chris LeSar and Dr. Joe Coatti lead the team at the Vascular Institute of Chattanooga, the region’s leading vascular/endovascular outpatient treatment speciality center.


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