Diseases like coronary artery disease (CAD) and peripheral arterial disease (PAD) are types of vascular conditions. If you’re experiencing symptoms of these disorders, double board-certified cardiovascular specialist Anu Chirala, MD, FACC, at South Bay Cardiovascular Center in Morgan Hill, California, can help. Dr. Chirala has considerable expertise in diagnosing and treating vascular conditions and preventing the serious problems they can cause, like stroke. Call South Bay Cardiovascular Center to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online today.
Vascular refers to anything relating to your blood vessels — the arteries that carry blood away from your heart and the veins that return used blood to your heart.
Vascular conditions affect your veins or arteries and can lead to serious issues like stroke and heart attack.
Among the many conditions that affect your veins and arteries, those that Dr. Chirala sees most often include:
PAD mainly affects your legs and feet, causing pain when you walk (claudication). It's due to atherosclerosis of the arteries in your legs, a condition where the blood vessels become narrower and restrict blood flow.
Atherosclerosis is at the root of many cardiovascular disorders, including coronary artery disease (CAD). The substance that causes your arteries to narrow (plaque) is a mix of excess cholesterol and waste products from your blood that sticks to the inside of your arteries.
Your carotid arteries are on either side of your neck. They deliver blood filled with oxygen and nutrients from your heart to your brain. If anything interrupts this blood flow, you could suffer a potentially life-threatening stroke.
When you have carotid artery disease, atherosclerosis narrows and blocks the carotid arteries.
An aneurysm is a swollen artery that's full of blood. Aneurysms can exist for many years without you being aware but could prove fatal if they rupture. One of the most common types is an aortic aneurysm in the large aorta of your abdomen.
The treatment Dr. Chirala recommends for your vascular condition depends to some extent on the cause of the problem. A stroke, for instance, might require immediate treatment to break up or dissolve the blockage in your carotid artery.
If you have an aortic aneurysm, you might need to have a minimally invasive endovascular procedure to repair the artery, or in some cases, undergo surgery.
Atherosclerosis that causes vascular conditions like PAD and carotid artery disease might benefit from another minimally invasive procedure called balloon angioplasty that flattens the plaque and opens up your arteries.
If you have any symptoms of a vascular condition, call South Bay Cardiovascular Center today to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online.