Diabetic Vascular Disease Specialists

Precision Vascular -  - Vascular & Vein Center

Precision Vascular

Vascular & Vein Centers located in Arlington, Dallas, Mesquite, & McKinney, Texas

Diabetes causes many different complications, but one of the most serious is diabetic vascular disease. If you have diabetes, it’s vital to attend regular checkups at Precision Vascular so the expert physicians can help prevent vascular disease from developing, while also treating any symptoms. Precision Vascular has branches in Arlington, Dallas, Mesquite, and McKinney, Texas, so love your legs and call your nearest practice today or book an appointment online.

Diabetic Vascular Disease Q & A

What is Diabetic Vascular Disease?

Diabetic vascular disease is a condition that can develop when you have diabetes and blockages form in your arteries. 

These blockages affect your circulation and could lead to serious health problems including stroke, heart attack, and ulcers on your legs and feet. 

Ulcers are open sores that don’t heal easily, and in some cases, they can cause tissue death. If you have dead tissue or gangrene, you might then face amputation.

The longer you have diabetes, the higher your risk of developing diabetic vascular disease. The risk also increases if you:

  • Have high blood pressure
  • Smoke
  • Don’t exercise
  • Are overweight
  • Eat a high-fat diet

 

These risk factors are all likely to worsen your diabetes as well, so addressing these issues is vitally important to help prevent diabetic vascular disease and other life-threatening complications of diabetes.

What are the Symptoms of Diabetic Vascular Disease?

Diabetic vascular disease can cause the following symptoms in your feet and legs:

  • Swelling
  • Foot sores
  • Loss of feeling
  • Burning sensations
  • Pain in your legs

 

Diabetic vascular disease also causes serious problems like retinopathy, which can lead to blindness, and nephropathy, which is severe kidney disease.

How is Diabetic Vascular Disease Diagnosed?

The specialist physicians at Precision Vascular focus on the effects of diabetic vascular disease on your legs. After examining your legs and general health, your provider runs diagnostic tests to see how well your blood is circulating. These tests include:

  • Treadmill Test: Also known as ECG (electrocardiogram) stress testing, the treadmill test involves measuring your heart’s electrical activity when you’re walking or running on a treadmill to detect poor blood flow.
  • Ankle/Brachial Index (ABI): The ABI compares the blood pressure in your ankle with that in your arm. They should be roughly the same, so if your ankle pressure is less than half the pressure in your arm, it’s likely there’s narrowing of the arteries in your leg.
  • Vascular Ultrasound: Also known as duplex ultrasound, this test measures how fast your blood is flowing and allows your provider to see images of the blood vessels in your legs.

 

How is Diabetic Vascular Disease Treated?

Managing your diabetes and leading a healthy lifestyle is key to treating diabetic vascular disease. You might also require:

  • Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors
  • Beta-blockers
  • Calcium channel blockers
  • Diuretics
  • Statins to lower cholesterol
  • Antiplatelet medications

 

You might also need to undergo a minimally invasive surgical procedure called angioplasty to restore circulation in your legs. During angioplasty, your vascular surgeon at Precision Vascular inserts a small tube called a catheter into an artery and guides it to the blockage.

They then inflate a special balloon that squeezes the blockage against the walls of the artery, making more space for your blood to flow. If necessary, you can have a stent put in place as well. A stent is a tube made of metal mesh that stays in the artery to help keep it open.

If you’re experiencing symptoms of diabetic vascular disease, call Precision Vascular today to arrange a consultation, or book an appointment online.