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Diabetes Awareness Month

November is Diabetes awareness month. The risk of dying from a vascular disease with diabetes is 3-4 times higher than those without diabetes. It is extremely important for individuals with diabetes to be seen by a vascular surgeon and get the care they need and deserve!

Schedule an Appointment for Diabetes Treatment in Phoenix, Arizona

If you currently suffer from diabetes and are in the Phoenix, Arizona area, call Western Vascular Institute today! Our highly-trained vascular surgeons will take the time to provide you with a comprehensive diagnosis and give you the tools needed to prevent vascular disease. For more information, contact our vascular clinic at (480) 668-5000 and schedule an appointment today!

What is Claudication?

Claudication, also referred to as intermittent claudication, is pain caused by reduced blood flow to the lower extremities.  Claudication is a symptom of the disease called Peripheral artery or peripheral vascular disease (PAD or PVD) rather than a disease itself.

Claudication can cause:

  • Pain in calves, thighs, feet, or other parts of the lower extremities
  • Pain at rest, that gets worse with movement
  • Discolored skin
  • Weakness in leg
  • Aching or burning sensation in extremities

https://www.westernvascular.com/vascular-surgery/peripheral-vascular-disease/

https://vascular.org/patient-resources/vascular-conditions/peripheral-arterial-disease

What is Atherosclerosis?

Atherosclerosisis a disease process that leads to the hardening or clogging of arteries. The build-up over time of substances such as fat, cholesterol, & calcium, collectively called plaque, narrows the artery and restricts the amount of blood able to pass through the arteries, and provides oxygen-rich blood to the body. This stenosis or narrowing of the artery can lead to serious problems such as stroke, amputation, heart attack, and death.

 

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