Finding Relief from Varicose Veins/ Chronic Vein Insufficiency (CVI) and Peripheral Arterial Disease (P.A.D) at Paris Cardiology Center Cath Lab

In the human body, the circulation consists of 2 parts-arteries and veins. Arteries supply blood to the extremities from the heart, while veins drain blood from the extremities and return the blood to the heart.

Problems with arteries can lead to Peripheral Arterial Disease (P.A.D) while problems with the veins can lead to Varicose Veins/ Chronic Venous Reflex (CVI). They are independent of each other and there are tests to check both. These tests include arterial and venous leg duplex ultrasound, ABl’s, CTA, Angiogram, and Venogram.

Peripheral Arterial Disease (P.A.D) usually means atherosclerosis (hardening of the walls of the arteries due to calcium/fat deposits) that can cause the blockage of blood flow through the arteries which can result in pain with walking, fatigue in the calves with walking, wounds that do not heal, leg ulcers, or severe pain in the feet.

Patients having Varicose Vein/ Chronic Venous Reflux disease (CVI); have an underlying condition in which the valves in the veins no longer function, causing blood to pool in the legs and lead to symptoms like Varicose veins. Leg or ankle swelling. Leg Heaviness and Fatigue, Leg pain, aching or cramping. Burning or itching of the skin. Restless legs. Skin changes or rashes, ulcers, open wounds or sores. Venous reflux disease is a progressive disease and if left untreated may worsen and may develop into a more serious disease called chronic venous insufficiency (CVI).

Though, Varicose Vein / Chronic Venous insufficiency (CVI) and Peripheral Arterial Disease (P.A.D) are similar in approach for treatment but 2 different problems. An Interventional Cardiologist or a Vascular Surgeon can differentiate venous disease from arterial disease (P.A.D) easily with a patient history and clinical exam.

Some patients can have both arterial and venous disorders, which a physician needs to test for. The concern is; however, if both these diseases are left untreated can lead to AMPUTATION.

Treatment options offered at Paris Cardiology Center Cath Lab to prevent amputation: 

FOR PERIPHERAL ARTERIAL DISEASE (P.A.D): When checking for P.A.D. Dr. Shafiq may perform a simple non-invasive test called an ankle-brachial index (ABI). The (ABI) readings compare the blood pressure readings in your ankles with the blood pressure readings in your arms.

This painless and easy test can determine whether you have P.A.D. or not. After receiving confirmation through this test for the presence of P.A.D., Dr. Shafiq may decide on further testing and treatment.

Non-surgical treatment options of P.A.D include Atherectomy such as (Turbo Hawk Atherectomy and Jet Stream Atherectomy), Angioplasty and Stent Placement in arteries of the legs.

Moreover, the upcoming new generations of drug eluting stents and balloons offer further hope for long-term successful results in patients with P.A.D.

Dr. Khalid Shafiq M.D. offers these non -surgical options to Patients with Peripheral Arterial Disease. (P.A.D.) at his office based Lab (OBL) Paris Cardiology Center Cath Lab. Patients are discharged the same day after treatment.

FOR VARICOSE VEIN/VENOUS REFLUX DISEASE (CVI): At Paris Cardiology Center Cath Lab, Dr. Shafiq offers the Closure Fast procedure for Venous ablation on an out patient basis where the catheter is placed in the diseased vein through a small incision in the skin. The catheter delivers heat to the vein wall causing it to shrink and seal the vein to close. Once the vein is closed, blood will reroute itself to other healthy veins in the body. Patients see instant benefits and experience relief from symptoms with in 2 days of the procedure.

In more serious cases a Venous Angiogram and Venous Angioplasty is performed on a patient and discharge happens the same day of the procedure.

Call Paris Cardiology Center Cath Lab for more information. It is a Joint Commission Accredited Center for the latest treatment in Venous Ablation and P.A.D. (Peripheral Arterial Disease). 

P R E V E N T  A M P U T A T I O N! 

Patients are discharged the same day of the procedure!

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