Peripheral Arterial Disease Specialist

Neel Patel, MD  Minimally Invasive Center of Atlanta   Board Certified Vascular and Interventional Radiologist located in Duluth, GA & Decatur GA.

Neel Patel, MD
Minimally Invasive Center of Atlanta

Board Certified Vascular and Interventional Radiologist located in Duluth, GA & Decatur GA.

If you suffer from decreased blood flow to your arms or legs, you may have peripheral arterial disease (PAD). At Minimally Invasive Center of Atlanta, with offices in Decatur and Duluth, Georgia, Dr. Neel Patel, MD, provides a full spectrum of compassionate and skilled care for men and women with PAD. Call the office for a consultation or use the easy online scheduler to book online.

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Peripheral Arterial Disease

What are peripheral arteries?

Arteries are blood vessels that transport blood from your heart to all the other parts of your body. Peripheral arteries carry blood from your heart to your legs, arms, feet and hands.

What is peripheral arterial disease?

The serious disease strikes when your arteries build up with sticky plaque and begin to narrow, and reducing blood flow to your limbs, most prevalently in your legs. Men and women with peripheral arterial disease have an increased risk for stroke and heart attack.

What are the risk factors for peripheral arterial disease?

  • Obesity

  • High blood pressure

  • Smoking

  • Lack of exercise

  • Diabetes

  • Elderly

If you fall into any of the categories above, you should be be vigilant to have a comprehensive evaluation at Minimally Invasive Center of Atlanta. There are two offices to serve you in Duluth and Decatur, Georgia.

What are the symptoms of peripheral arterial disease?

In its early stages, most people with peripheral arterial disease don’t have any blatant symptoms. As it progresses, some common signs are:

  • Numbness

  • Cramps

  • Sores that heal slowly

  • Coldness in your feet and legs

  • Pain during physical activity

  • Skin ulcers

  • Loss of hair on legs

  • Shiny skin

  • Erectile dysfunction

  • Pain in calf or thigh

  • Poor nail growth on toes

  • Brittle toenails

How is peripheral arterial disease treated?

Dr. Patel uses an advanced X-ray, called an angiogram, to look inside your blood vessels and arteries to identify areas of narrowing. If you receive a diagnosis of peripheral arterial disease, Dr. Patel may recommend one of the following:

  • Lifestyle changes: quit smoking, modified diet, exercise

  • Blood pressure or clot-eliminating medications

  • Angioplasty: use of a balloon to widen an artery

  • Stent placement to open blockages

  • Atherectomy: a small cutting device is affixed to a catheter and deployed to the artery to remove plaque

Is peripheral arterial disease preventable?

To prevent or stabilize peripheral arterial disease:

  • Stop smoking

  • Exercise regularly

  • Eat healthy foods

  • Regulate blood sugar levels

For diagnostics and specialized care for your peripheral arterial disease, depend on Dr. Patel at Minimally Invasive Center. Call the office for an appointment or use the easy scheduler to book online.


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