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Countless Lives Saved Through Identifying PAD: The Silent Killer

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RENO, Nev. - eTradeWire -- "Peripheral artery disease is often called the silent killer because you may have it and not even know," says Dr. Brian Evans, M.D., endovascular specialist, and Medical Director of Comprehensive Integrated Care (CiC) in Reno.

Evans is using a novel, highly sophisticated image-guided technology to diagnose and treat peripheral artery disease (PAD). "As people age, they think it's normal for their legs to hurt when they walk or their feet to tingling, but it's not." PAD is a circulation disorder that may be causing these symptoms.  Those with PAD are at a much higher risk of other circulation or cardiac issues and generally have a much higher rate of amputations and death from heart attack or stroke.

The reason PAD is sometimes missed is because people dismiss the symptoms of this dangerous disease as "just a sign of getting older".  PAD attacks blood vessels and causes them to block with plaque. "This is something we can fix," explains Evans. "One of the most important outcomes of diagnosing PAD at the first signs is the ability to manage the disease and potentially reduce or prevent complications from occurring."

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Diagnosing and treating PAD early can mean the difference between saving or losing a limb, and in some cases saving a life. "Feet can be a warning sign, if it's happening in the feet it's happening in other organs of the body. Chest pain and new facial droop are obvious signs of atherosclerosis. If it's happening in one organ, it's likely happening in more," explains Evans.

The good news about PAD is that there's hope. Diagnosing and treating PAD has come a long way over the past 20 years. Evaluation, testing, and minimally invasive procedures can all be done right in an office setting. Patients are able to get back on their feet and into their lives with almost no downtime, not stitches and no overnight hospital stay.  Medicare as well as most insurance plans will cover treatment.

"If your feet feel numb, you can't walk to the mailbox without taking a break, start asking questions, like Could this be due to lack of blood flow to my feet? What can we do about this?" says Evans. His best advice, "Seek answers."

Visit www.nevadacic.com or call 775-502-1660 to schedule an appointment.

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Source: Comprehensive Integrated Care
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