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Do you have a question about peripheral artery disease and amputation prevention? Natalie Evans, MD, associate staff, Department of Vascular Medicine, and Lee Kirksey, MD, vascular surgeon, Department of Vascular Surgery, will answer your questions about this topic during a live webchat Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, at noon (ET).
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About PAD and amputation prevention
Peripheral artery disease (PAD) affects about 8 million Americans, particularly those with diabetes. Your peripheral arteries (blood vessels outside your heart) may develop build-up of fat and cholesterol deposits, called plaque, on the inside walls. Over time this may cause decreased blood to flow to the body’s tissues, restricting circulation to the limbs and organs.
If left untreated, the tissue can die leading to gangrene which can require emergency surgery and amputation. Some can treat the condition by lifestyle modifications and medications. However, more advanced PAD needs to be treated with interventional medical procedures or surgery.
Possible questions for this webchat
- Does peripheral artery disease have early symptoms?
- Is there anything I can do to prevent the onset of PAD?
- What medications and lifestyle modifications are used to treat this disease?
- Does advanced PAD always lead to amputation?
Dr. Evans is a specialist in the Department of Vascular Medicine in the Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiovascular Medicine. Her area of expertise includes general vascular medicine and peripheral artery disease.
Dr. Kirksey is a vascular surgeon in the Department of Vascular Surgery of the Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute. He specializes in the treatment of peripheral vascular disease, including both endovascular and traditional open therapy as well as urgent surgery.
This health chat will open on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013 to allow you to submit questions. We will try to answer as many questions as possible during the chat. Please create an account to attend the chat and submit your questions.