Treatment of peripheral vascular disease
Depending on the overall health of the patient and the degree of peripheral atherosclerosis, the treatment of peripheral vascular disease includes good foot care after a daily walking program. The available blood flow interlocks should be eliminated or reduced conservatively, or the shunting of blood around the blocked area of the arteries is applied. Smoking should be stopped immediately. This exacerbates the problems associated with blood flow.
Pentoxifylline (Trental) can be used as a treatment, this drug makes the blood less viscous, it flows more easily with the help of smaller blood vessels. Such treatment helps many patients.
Experts disagree about the benefits of small doses of aspirin. Supporters of this method say that the use of aspirin can slow the progression of arterial narrowing and possibly reduce the need for surgery, even if aspirin does not relieve pain.
Other physicians say that with peripheral vascular disease of a person who regularly takes aspirin, there may be blood clotting problems.
Depending on the site and degree of peripheral vascular disease, the operation may include arterial bypass with an arterial graft, endovascular plastic (penetration into the blood vessel), surgical operations (angioplasty or atherectomy).
What questions should I ask my doctor about peripheral vascular disease
What to do with cramps in the leg or sprain of the ligament? What kind of treatment do you recommend?
If the treatment involves pain medications, what are the side effects of the medications?
If you take drugs with aspirin, will you combine taking aspirin with other treatments?
In addition to walking, which there are special exercises for the feet?
Do you recommend surgery? What are their side effects, risks, is it possible to apply another method of treatment?
How to help your feet?
With insufficient amounts of blood reaching the legs, they become susceptible to trauma or infection, which can persist and develop into ulcers. Therefore, people with atherosclerosis of peripheral vessels should wash their feet every day, and immediately apply a moisturizing lotion or baby oil.
A very good method of prevention is to lay cushions of cotton or sheep's wool between toes if the fingers are badly bent. And from above put on the shoes in which you will walk. You should also wear comfortable, breathable shoes or shoes that protect your feet, avoid shoes made from leatherette or other synthetic materials.
Keep your feet warm in the cold season is also important. Woolen socks, like combinations of wool and cotton. Also good that the legs were healthy.
Patients with peripheral vascular disease should not wear garters, stockings, socks made from resilient materials, because they can interfere with blood flow.