EARLY DETECTION IS KEY
Genesis Vascular is a leading provider in the treatment of Peripheral Vascular Disease. Located in Pooler Georgia, Genesis Vascular’s experienced team led by Board Certified Physicians is committed to the detection and treatment of Peripheral Vascular Disease. Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD) is commonly known as a collection of diseases of the circulatory system that affects blood vessels. One of the most common types of PVD is Peripheral Arterial Disease.
Peripheral Arterial Disease, also referred to as PAD, is a condition when plaque build-up causes a narrowing or blockage of the blood vessels. Just as a heart attack is caused by a blocked artery in the heart, PAD is the same kind of blockage – only it takes place in the arm, leg or other part of the body. Nancy Sutton, Education Specialist for Genesis Vascular says “PAD is very prevalent in this area, effecting almost everyone to some degree.” Risk factors for PAD include diabetes, smoking, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. A strong family history of heart disease and stroke is also an important risk factor.
PAD affects at least 8 to 12 million Americans and the leading cause for amputation. The disease prevalence increases with age and 12% to 20% of Americans age 65 and older have PAD.
PAD can occur in any blood vessel throughout the body, though it typically affects the legs, ankles, and feet. Half of the people living with PAD don’t show any symptoms. Others might have early symptoms, like pain while walking, pain at rest, burning or aching in the feet and toes, or cold feet. Over time, PAD can significantly affect a patient’s quality of life. Those with PAD are also more susceptible to stroke and heart attack.
Genesis Vascular Nurse Practitioner and Center Manager, Jana Bevill, states, “Peripheral Vascular Diseases are not as well-known as heart disease and stroke, it is an understudied and under diagnosed disease.” “Early detection is crucial when it comes to PAD,” Jana and her Genesis Vascular team strive to educate the community, physicians and staff on the importance of screening and testing patients to detect PAD before the disease becomes severe enough to lead to complications. A Doppler ultrasound or an Ankle-brachial index (ABI) are common noninvasive tests used to diagnose PAD. An ABI compares the blood pressure in your ankle with the blood pressure in your arm. To get a blood pressure reading, your doctor uses a regular blood pressure cuff and a special ultrasound device to evaluate blood pressure and flow.
Treatments for PAD may include lifestyle changes, exercise and medications first. If these treatments do not help, Genesis Vascular’s highly skilled Physicians can perform a minimally invasive procedure to open up the narrowed vessels, thus improving blood flow and preventing the condition from worsening. The procedures are safely performed in Genesis Vascular’s state of the art facility where patients experience minimal down time and superior outcomes while the patients and their family’s needs are catered to.
Genesis Vascular also offers treatments for patients with Venous Disease such as Venous Insufficiency and Venous Compression.
Genesis Vascular accepts Medicare, Medicaid and most commercial insurances and serves South Carolina and Georgia.
Talk to your doctor if you are having symptoms of PAD so the cause of your symptoms can be identified and treatment can be initiated as soon as possible. Should you have questions contact 912-662-0223 and Genesis Vascular team member will be able to assist you. EARLY DETECTION IS THE KEY!