Carotid and Peripheral Artery Diseases

Carotid and Peripheral Artery Diseases are types of atherosclerotic vascular diseases. These are conditions that occur when fatty deposits, called plaques, build up inside the walls of arteries. These plaques can cause arteries to become narrow and stiff, limiting blood flow to vital organs such as the brain and heart, and can lead to serious health problems such as strokes, heart attacks, and peripheral artery disease. 

Other types of atherosclerotic vascular disease include coronary artery disease, which occurs when the arteries supplying blood to the heart become narrow and stiff, leading to chest pains or a potential heart attack. 

Carotid Artery Disease occurs when the arteries in the neck that supply blood to the brain become narrowed or blocked.

Peripheral Artery Disease happens when the arteries in the legs and feet become narrowed or blocked, leading to pain or cramping in the legs, especially during physical activity.

Peripheral artery disease can be challenging to diagnose and treat in its early stages as it may be asymptomatic. The symptoms of carotid and peripheral artery disease can be similar, but they can also vary depending on the location and severity of the blockage.

Common symptoms of these conditions:

  • Pain, cramping, or weakness in the legs, hips, or buttocks​
  • Pain, cramping, or weakness in the legs, hips, or buttocks​
  • Pain, cramping, or weakness in the legs, hips, or buttocks​

These are the most common tests used to diagnose Peripheral Artery Disease. Our doctor may recommend one or more of these tests based on your symptoms and medical history.

  • Vascular ultrasound scan of the arteries
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