The Most Common Vascular Health Problems

Vascular diseases refer to various types of conditions related to your blood vessels. The conditions are common, affecting about 8.5 million people in the US. Usually, the diseases do not show any signs until it is too late.

Vascular conditions are a leading cause of death, but you can lower your risk with early treatments. Dr. Nirav Patel in Yonkers is a vascular health specialist and surgeon committed to offering extensive vascular conditions exams and treatments. If you have any vascular condition, contact this office at Premier Vascular today to schedule your consultation.

Here are some of the available services under the care of Dr. Patel and the team at Premier Vascular.

Varicose veins

Varicose veins appear as protruding, twisted, enlarged blood vessels on your skin surface. When left untreated, they can cause complications such as chronic venous insufficiency.

Varicose veins commonly occur in the legs, which may seem unattractive, creating a cosmetic concern.

Besides being a cosmetic concern, they are a sign of a vein problem. Varicose veins occur from factors such as:

  •         Standing for long periods
  •         Being overweight
  •         Smoking
  •         Genetics
  •         Lack of exercise
  •         Past leg injury

Other than the unsightly veins, you may also experience pain, muscle cramp, skin discoloration, itchiness, burning sensation, and swelling.

Varicose veins treatments include sclerotherapy, endovenous microfoam ablation, and VenaSeal.

Wound care

Vascular problems may put you at risk of developing wounds that take time to heal. Wound care is essential to enhance faster healing and prevent severe complications.

Non-healing wounds usually result from conditions that block blood flow in your legs and feet. Non-healing wounds include:

  •         Venous ulcers, which result from chronic venous insufficiency. The condition leads to blood buildup in your leg veins, increasing the blood pressure in your lower leg.
  •         Diabetic ulcers occur due to high blood sugar that destroys blood vessels in your lower leg and foot.
  •         Arterial ulcers occur due to peripheral arterial disease, which hinders blood flow to the leg arteries.

Premier Vascular offers wound care for various types of wounds and may include:

  •         Wound cleaning
  •         Antibiotic therapy
  •         Compression therapy
  •         Advanced dressings
  •         Wound debridement

Diabetic foot pain

Diabetic foot pain may indicate that you have other complications such as nerve damage and circulation problems. It usually comes from conditions such as peripheral neuropathy and peripheral arterial disease.

You may develop other complications such as non-healing diabetes and arterial ulcers, skin and bone infections, and others when you have the above conditions.

The team at Premier Vascular treats diabetic foot pain through endovascular procedures, wound debridement, limb reconstruction, infection control, and limb-salvage surgery.

Peripheral arterial disease

Peripheral arterial disease occurs when the artery walls narrow due to cholesterol accumulation, disrupting the blood flow. The most common symptoms include:

  •         Leg numbness
  •         Slow-healing vascular ulcers
  •         Leg heaviness
  •         Muscle cramps
  •         Skin rashes

Premier Vascular treats peripheral arterial disease through balloon angioplasty and stenting, and atherectomy.

Vascular ultrasound imaging

Dr. Patel uses ultrasound to get clear images of your blood vessels. The images help provide an accurate diagnosis, hence developing the best treatment plans. The ultrasound imaging also helps evaluate your pre-surgical and procedure plan.

Contact a vascular specialist today

If you have leg pains, swelling, or leg ulcers, it would be best to contact Dr. Patel for more evaluation. Call the Premier Vascular offices today to book your appointment.