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The blood vessels outside your heart, called peripheral arteries, may develop atherosclerosis, which is the build-up of plaque—fat and cholesterol deposits on the inside blood vessel walls. Plague narrows your arteries. Over time, the narrowed arteries allow less blood to flow, and a condition called ischemia (insufficient blood flow to the body's tissue) can occur.
Some of the most common symptoms of peripheral arterial diseases include pain when walking, lower extremity pain, pain that is not relieved at rest and foot sores that won’t heal.
A simple, noninvasive ultrasound and leg blood pressure examination can diagnose peripheral arterial diseases and determine severity.
Depending on the severity of your condition, treatment options may include lifestyle changes, medications, minimally invasive angioplasty/stenting, or open bypass surgery.
If you or someone you care for is experiencing peripheral arterial disease symptoms, we encourage you to make an appointment with one of WakeMed’s experienced vascular specialists.
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