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Western Connecticut Medical Group Cardiologist Dr. Ira Galin Discusses Peripheral Arterial Disease

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Peripheral arterial disease (P.A.D.) affects eight million Americans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It’s a disease in which cholesterol builds-up in the walls of the arteries that are outside of the heart. It can sometimes cause a discomfort in the calf, thigh or buttock muscle that is brought on with activity and goes away with rest. Unfortunately, only 10 percent of people with blocked arteries in the belly or legs will have these symptoms, while others will have atypical leg symptoms (like a tired feeling or a heavy feeling in the legs) or no symptoms at all.

"Risk factors for developing peripheral arterial disease are the same as those for coronary artery disease (CAD)," said Western Connecticut Medical Group cardiologist Dr. Ira Galin. "They include diabetes, smoking, high blood pressure (or hypertension) and elevated cholesterol (or hyperlipidemia). One’s risk of developing peripheral arterial disease can be reduced by aggressively modifying these risk factors."

Although P.A.D. is serious, it’s treatable. A physical exam and noninvasive testing can help detect if there is a narrowed artery in the neck, legs, or kidneys, as well as determine if there is an enlarged artery (or an aneurysm).

"People with P.A.D. are likely to have C.A.D. as well and should be considered screened for cardiac disease. If you think that you might have peripheral arterial disease, make sure to speak with your doctor," Dr. Galin emphasized.

"Taking action to control risk factors can help prevent or delay P.A.D. and its complications. If you have a family history of the disease, be sure to tell your doctor," said Dr. Galin.

Western Connecticut Health Network has a group of doctors who are dedicated to diagnosing and treating patients with peripheral arterial disease. For more information regarding cardiac programs and services, go to HTTP://DANBURYHEART.ORG, or to find a cardiologist in your area call 1-800-516-4743.

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Date posted - 05/21/2013