How And Where To Get Treatment To Cure Blockage Of Blood Vessels In The Legs?
I suffer from blockage of the blood vessels in my leg, according to the arteriographic report from Dr. M. Diah-SpPD-KKV, FCIC, FINASIM at dr.Zainoel Abidin Hospital, Banda Aceh on 01.02.2018 occurred: Total stenosis (76.1 mm) in mid right antertior tibial artery. And he suggested to put a ring (stent), but I didn’t want to. How to get treatment other than ringing, where exactly to seek treatment?
Thank you Saidzainal for your question on the HealthReplies.com forum, peripheral artery disease is a condition in which the arteries narrow, which causes blood flow to the legs to become blocked. Where this narrowing condition can be influenced by several factors such as:
- high cholesterol levels
- smoking habit
- Age over 50 years
- high blood pressure
- family history of peripheral artery disease, stroke, or heart disease
In this condition, symptoms can occur in the form of:
- cramps in the back, thighs, or calves, after doing certain activities such as walking
- a wound that won't heal
- shrink leg muscles
- changes in the color of the skin of the feet to be paler or blue in color
- legs feel numb or weak
- the legs feel cold
- The leg pulse is not palpable or weak
Treatment in cases of peripheral artery disease can generally be given drugs to prevent the development of this disease, which usually can be given drugs for cholesterol, lowering high blood pressure, controlling sugar, and drugs to prevent blood clots. However, if the condition of peripheral artery disease is considered to be getting worse and can not be treated with drugs again, the doctor will usually recommend action in this case. Where this action can be:
- perform artery bypass graft surgery (artery bypass graft)
- angioplasty, surgery to widen the blocked part of the artery by inflating a small balloon inside the blood vessel and can then be followed by a stent (ring)
- Thrombolytic therapy, a therapy that is useful for dissolving blood clots that are the cause of artery blockages.
In such a condition, you should be able to follow the advice of the examining doctor because the doctor who is examining you will certainly understand more about your current condition. However, if you feel unsatisfied, you can still ask for opinions from other internal medicine specialists regarding your current condition.
Here is an article about peripheral artery disease
That's all from me, hope it can help
dr. Christian Chandra