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Innovative Interventions for PAD: Restoring Blood Flow, Preserving Limbs

May 29, 2024
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If left untreated, Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) can progress to critical limb ischemia (CLI), a potentially fatal injury or loss of tissue that requires emergency action to prevent gangrene, infection, amputation, or death. Nearly 25% of PAD patients will develop CLI, and a quarter of those patients will need a major amputation. Innovative new PAD interventions, however, including angioplasty, stenting, atherectomy, and retrograde tibio-pedal procedures can help restore blood flow to the affected limbs and prevent amputation.

CardioVascular Health Clinic leads the country in revolutionary new treatments for cardiovascular diseases and conditions like PAD and is setting new standards throughout Oklahoma and the US in PAD management and limb preservation. Our multidisciplinary team of national-caliber physicians, interventional radiologists, and cardiovascular specialists combines the most advanced modalities available with techniques, technology, and procedures that reduce recovery time, lower the risk of complications, and produce superior outcomes in patient care.

Innovative Interventions for Preventing PAD-Related Limb Amputation

PAD is a vascular condition characterized by the narrowing or blockage of arteries in the extremities, most commonly affecting the legs. This reduction in blood flow can lead to symptoms such as leg pain, cramping, numbness, and difficulty walking. Without intervention, PAD can progress and lead to serious complications, including tissue damage, non-healing wounds, and limb amputation.

Some of the cutting-edge interventions we offer include:

Angioplasty: Angioplasty is a minimally invasive procedure used to widen narrowed or blocked arteries. During this procedure, a small balloon is inserted into the affected artery and inflated to compress the plaque and restore blood flow. Angioplasty can significantly improve symptoms and mobility in patients with PAD.

Stenting: In cases where angioplasty alone may not provide sufficient support, we may recommend the placement of a stent—a small mesh tube—to keep the artery open and prevent it from narrowing again.

Atherectomy: Atherectomy is a specialized procedure used to remove plaque buildup from the arteries. Different techniques, such as rotational atherectomy or laser atherectomy, can be employed to effectively clear blockages and restore arterial patency.

Retrograde tibio-pedal (retro pedal) approach: Pioneered by the physicians at CardioVascular Health Clinic, the retro pedal procedure is performed in an outpatient setting and re-established blood flow to the affected limb. It has been proven effective for patients suffering from advanced PAD and have not had success with procedures attempted from the more traditional groin approach.

These minimally invasive interventions offer several advantages over traditional surgical approaches, including shorter recovery times, reduced risk of complications, and improved patient comfort. Our skilled specialists utilize state-of-the-art technology and techniques to ensure optimal outcomes for our patients.

A Comprehensive Approach to Living with PAD

In addition to procedural interventions, our clinic emphasizes a comprehensive approach to PAD management, which may include:

Lifestyle Modifications: Our team works closely with patients to develop personalized lifestyle plans that promote cardiovascular health. This may involve smoking cessation, dietary modifications, and regular exercise to improve circulation and reduce risk factors.

Medication Therapies: We prescribe medications to manage symptoms of PAD, such as pain, and to reduce the risk of blood clots and further arterial blockages. These medications may include antiplatelet agents, statins, and vasodilators.

CardioVascular Health Clinic: Leading the Way in Limb Salvage

At Cardiovascular Health Clinic, we are committed to providing compassionate care and advanced interventions for PAD that restore blood flow and preserve limb function. Our goal is to improve the quality of life for our patients by addressing the underlying causes of PAD and implementing effective treatment strategies.

If you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms of PAD or has been diagnosed with the condition, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with our team. Early intervention and personalized treatment plans can make a significant difference in preserving limb function and enhancing overall well-being.

Innovative interventions such as angioplasty, stenting, and atherectomy offer promising solutions for patients with PAD. Through our commitment to excellence and patient-centered care, Cardiovascular Health Clinic aims to set a new standard in PAD treatment, restoring blood flow, preserving limbs, and improving the lives of individuals affected by this challenging condition. Contact us today to learn more about our comprehensive approach to PAD management and schedule a consultation with our experienced team. Your vascular health is our priority, and we are here to support you on your journey to better health and mobility.

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Testimonials

I’m about one month out and things are so much better. At my two week evaluation my symptom score had gone from a 27 to a 7, and I’m sure it’s even better now. That speaks volumes. Now that I’m post recovery, there is no incontinence, I go to the bathroom much less and there are no ED side effects like there are with other procedures. In regard to my quality of life, well, I don’t maintain my life based on my proximity to a bathroom anymore.

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Blaine P., M.D.
Professional staff working in a beautiful facility with great doctors who sincerely care about their patients. Without Dr. Schmidt's skill, I would have needed heart bypass surgery instead of a stent. Follow-up has been thorough. I can't recommend them highly enough.
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LeAnn H.

Dr. Jim Melton and all the staff are fantastic. He is an excellent surgeon and his team is GREAT!!!! I just had surgery at the surgery center, I have only great things to say about my experience. Without him I really don't think I would be here to write this. If you’re looking for a good cardiovascular team, they are a 5 star for sure.

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Susie H.

Dr. Parsons and staff are amazing. He truly listened to me from the consult. Staff showed genuine care for my progress post procedure. I had my follow up appointment today so satisfied with results. Blake made me comfortable from the start. He is an activist for uterine fibroids treatment beyond the standard.

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Tamara M.

Professional and caring staff. Dr. Smith is very knowledgeable and shows genuine concern for your personal health. I enjoyed the background music in the procedure room, it really adds to the relaxing atmosphere.

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David L.

Dr. John Schrader is the most personable doctor we know. He stays on top of my dads health care and is genuinely concerned about his health. We never leave his office with questions. He answers them all. Even questions we don’t think of. Always professional but never cold or bad bedside manner. In our opinion he is THE BEST around.
Thank you Dr Schrader.

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Kathy J.

I came to Dr. Warren by a self referral for mals when it took me 8yrs 50+ doctors and thousands of dollars spent on no answers. My first visit I was scared I was just going to be gaslighted just like the past however I was pleasantly shocked when Dr. Warren immediately believed me. She took the time to review many disk I had brought from past tests. She never once dismissed me and listened to ever word I had to say. She scheduled one last test to confirm the diagnosis then I was scheduled for surgery right away. Surgery was a success and I can’t thank her and her staff enough. Dr. Warren truly saved my life.

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Angie W.

Dr. Garner literally saved my life 18 months ago and I've followed him to his new practice with Cardiovascular Health. He explains things so clearly, listens and is just a very nice person. His staff is great, too! I highly recommend!

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D Watts

Some of the nicest staff that I have ever dealt with!! They have been so incredibly awesome to my mom!! Would definitely recommend them to anyone!! Thank you so much for being so great with her!!

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Christy G.

The staff, the nurses, and Dr. Parsons were all amazing. Everything was simple and went well – very Bravo Zulu (military phrase meaning "well done"). In addition to the great staff at CardioVascular Health Clinic, the facilities were clean and well maintained. I have no complaints about anything. The whole experience was A1. I would recommend Dr. Parsons to anyone. He made a huge impact on my life.

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John W.

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