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Hello, I Was Diagnosed With Peripheral Artery Disease Today? Is

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Posted on Wed, 15 Jul 2020
Question: Hello,

I was diagnosed with Peripheral Artery Disease today? Is there a treatment or cure for this? What lifestyle changes do I need to make? I don’t have high cholesterol. I take medication for high blood pressure. I quit smoking years ago. I’m not diabetic. I walk daily. Please advise
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Answered by Dr. Ilir Sharka (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
I would explain as follows:

Detailed Answer:
Hello!

Welcome on - Ask a Doctor - service!

I understand your concern and would like to explain that it is important to carefully evaluate any underlying clinical symptomatology; whether you have limb ischemic pain or a physical limitation is present.

In addition, local changes such as cutaneous or adjacent changes are important for evaluating the degree of any possible complication.

If only minimal limitation or disability is present, then medical therapy would beneficial in improving clinical symptomatology.

In case more advanced complaints or pathological findings are present (ischemic changes), then revascularization procedures are frequently required.

If you could provide with further medical information (performed medical tests), I could give a more concrete opinion on potential therapeutic strategies.

Regarding your life-style it seems that you are on the right way; by avoiding potential cardiovascular risk factors you could possibly slow down the atherosclerotic pathological changes. I highly encourage you following that way.

Hope to have been helpful to you!

Let me know in case of any further questions.

Kind regards,

Dr. Ilir Sharka
cardiologist
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Ilir Sharka (19 minutes later)
Can this disease be treated or reversed?
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Answered by Dr. Ilir Sharka (9 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
It can be successfully treated:

Detailed Answer:
Sure, it can be treated by several strategies; they will depend on the degree of disease progression and complications As I explain you above.

Please, provide more medical data for a more precise second opinion.

Greetings,

Dr.Iliri


Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Arnab Banerjee
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Follow up: Dr. Ilir Sharka (1 hour later)
I took this picture of the screen as I left the ultrasound yesterday. What other information do you need.
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Follow up: Dr. Ilir Sharka (7 minutes later)
I need to schedule an appointment with another doctor. What type of physician should I be looking for?
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Answered by Dr. Ilir Sharka (16 hours later)
Brief Answer:
I would recommend as follows:

Detailed Answer:
Hello again!

Thank you for the additional information!

This test shows an abnormal ankle- brachial index in the right ankle, indicating vessel narrowing in this region.

The left leg seems to be within normal ranges.

I recommend consulting with a vascular surgeon and discussing on the treatment options.

In the meantime, I would recommend avoiding smoking and periodically checking your blood lipid profile ( in order to take medication for high cholesterol if necessary).

Hope you will find this answer helpful!

Wishing all the best,

Dr.Iliri



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Hello, I Was Diagnosed With Peripheral Artery Disease Today? Is

Brief Answer: I would explain as follows: Detailed Answer: Hello! Welcome on - Ask a Doctor - service! I understand your concern and would like to explain that it is important to carefully evaluate any underlying clinical symptomatology; whether you have limb ischemic pain or a physical limitation is present. In addition, local changes such as cutaneous or adjacent changes are important for evaluating the degree of any possible complication. If only minimal limitation or disability is present, then medical therapy would beneficial in improving clinical symptomatology. In case more advanced complaints or pathological findings are present (ischemic changes), then revascularization procedures are frequently required. If you could provide with further medical information (performed medical tests), I could give a more concrete opinion on potential therapeutic strategies. Regarding your life-style it seems that you are on the right way; by avoiding potential cardiovascular risk factors you could possibly slow down the atherosclerotic pathological changes. I highly encourage you following that way. Hope to have been helpful to you! Let me know in case of any further questions. Kind regards, Dr. Ilir Sharka cardiologist