Are your feet and hands cold even in warm summer weather? Do your legs cramp when you walk upstairs? These symptoms and more could indicate poor peripheral circulation, a dangerous medical condition diagnosed and treated by Heart and Vascular Care in Orlando, FL. Pradip Baiju and his team know the details of PAD (peripheral artery disease) and they can help.
What is poor circulation?
In his Orlando offices, Dr. Baiju sees many patients who suffer from the reduced blood flow, stenosed (narrowed and hardened blood vessels), and other debilitating symptoms of PAD, including:
- Leg cramping
- Numbness and tingling in the hands and feet
- Dry, itchy skin
- Mental fogginess
- Varicose veins
- Poor healing
Unfortunately, 12 to 20 percent of older Americans--those 65 and older, have some degree of impaired circulation, says the American Heart Association. Also, age and gender are factors as men over 50 seem to experience PAD more frequently. Poor circulation can lead to even more serious problems such as heart attack, stroke, and coronary artery disease.
What can be done
Of course, if you experience symptoms of poor circulation, you should contact Heart and Vascular Care for evaluation by Dr. Baiju and his caring team. You'll experience a full diagnostic workup to evaluate your symptoms and their causes.
For many patients who have mild to moderately impaired peripheral circulation, lifestyle modifications and medications work to open blood vessels, prevent further damage, and improve daily function. Such strategies often include:
- Smoking cessation
- A healthy diet (low in cholesterol and sodium)
- A simple exercise routine (walking is very beneficial)
- Weight loss
- Blood sugar control (diabetes is a risk factor for PAD)
For more advanced cases, Dr. Baiju is fully qualified and experienced in advanced endovascular and bypass graft surgeries. This means placement of stents to increase blood flow or rerouting circulation through veins grafted to blocked blood vessels. At Heart and Vascular Care, Dr. Baiju performs many catheterization procedures on-site to improve blood flow.
Contact us today!
If you have symptoms of poor circulation, please call Heart and Vascular Care for a comprehensive evaluation by Dr. Baiju. We have three Orlando offices—one on North Semoran Blvd, another on Narcoossee Road, and one on Lake Underhill Road. Phone (407) 730-8970 to speak to a team member.