The surgeons of Western Vascular Institute have led their peers in Arizona saving limbs and saving lives due to peripheral artery disease (PAD). Our surgeon pioneered limb-saving procedures that provide open arteries down to the toes. Many physicians today simply amputate if a blocked artery is suspected. If you know someone at risk of amputation please suggest they see one [...]
Ashlee with Western Vascular Institute describes how our physicians are using this patient/doctor communication technology to help include patients' family members in their care during this time of increased Covid-19 cases and increased safety measures.
Plaque that accumulates in the walls of the arteries is a waxy substance made up of fat, cholesterol, cellular waste, calcium, and fibrin. Some causes of plaque build-up are high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and smoking. These substances damage the lining of the artery accumulating over time until it completely blocks the artery.
Diabetes in conjunction with Peripheral Artery Disease(PAD) can lead to very serious complications if not properly cared for by a team of specialists including Endocrinologists, Podiatrists, Primary Care Physicians, and Vascular Surgeons. Peripheral Artery Disease literally means vascular disease outside the heart and brain and as such should be treated by a specialist that has dedicated their career to Non-heart [...]
Dehydration has a drastic effect on vascular health. When you don't drink enough water you loose blood volume in your body as would be expected. As you lose water and blood volume the blood that remains begins to thicken and makes it harder for the muscles to be supplied with blood and increases the risk for blood clots.
An ABI is a non-invasive test used to check for how well blood is flowing throughout a patient's body, specifically through the arms and legs. The ABI compares the blood pressure at the ankles to the blood pressure at the arm. This test is generally done to check for the presence or severity of Peripheral Artery Disease or PAD. [...]