Atherosclerosis of the Extremities

Atherosclerosis, hardening of the arteries, is a chronic, progressive disease. Fatty deposits, or plaque, collect on the inner walls of the arteries causing them to narrow, referred to as stenosis. Fatty deposits progressively build up on the lining of an artery over a period of years, creating tiny wounds which enlarge and thicken to form plaque. Plaque narrows the artery and obstructs the flow of blood through it.

Learn more about atherosclerosis

What is atherosclerosis?

Diagnosis of Atherosclerosis

If you’ve been diagnosed with atherosclerosis, we can help. At the Strong Heart and Vascular Center, we perform a complete medical evaluation for each patient to determine the extent of your condition. After the evaluation, our surgeons develop an individualized treatment plan to alleviate your symptoms and restore blood flow to your legs.

The first step in the treatment of atherosclerosis includes medication and lifestyle modification, such as:

  • Pain relievers
  • Blood thinners
  • Dilators
  • Diet
  • Exercise
  • Weight loss
  • Smoking cessation

Surgical Treatment of Atherosclerosis

Typically surgery would only be performed in severe cases. Because atherosclerosis can lead to Peripheral Arterial Disease and Critical Limb Ischemia, the type of surgery we recommend depends on your diagnosis and condition.

Surgical treatment options include:

  • Endarterectomy (removing the plaque from the lining of the artery)
  • Bypass surgery with a leg vein or manufactured graft

Our surgeons who treat atherosclerosis

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If you’d like to schedule an appointment, call us at 585-341-7030.

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