Peripheral Artery Disease / Robert Levitt, MD, FACC

Peripheral Artery Disease / Robert Levitt, MD, FACC


– Peripheral Vascular Disease
is blockages in arteries of the body outside the heart. Most commonly it affects the legs, it can affect the arteries,
the carotid arteries, the neck on to the brain. It can affect the kidney
arteries, it can affect arteries supplying the
gastrointestinal tract. And Cardiologists, several of
them have gotten more involved in Cardiovascular medicine
and vascular medicine and treat these conditions. And our skills and abilities
to work in heart arteries have translated with
the additional training into the ability to fix
arteries outside the body. We do a lot of work now in leg
arteries on people that have limitations of walking, pain in the legs with walking called claudication
and also on patients that have bad blockages
in their artery legs and unhealing ulcers in the foot. Which untreated could lead to amputation but there’s now wonderful treatments. The field has just expanded dramatically over the couple years
with tools specifically to treat these problems. And we’re really excited at
Henrico Doctors’ Hospital, that we were really the first
to get a lot of these tools, we were the first to get
stents with a chemical on it specifically for the legs
to prevent recurrence. We were the first to get
balloons with a chemical on it to prevent current blockages
and several other tools for drilling through blocked arteries and stents to fix these blocked arteries. So we have a lot of tools
and a procedure that’s done with catheters, through blood
vessels, without any surgery for fixing these problems
and getting people up, walking around, getting ulcers healed and preventing amputations. So we’re excited about our
program, we have one of the more busier programs in town
and we feel that we have a huge potential to
help people with these, really quality stealing problems.

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