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 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:
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.
Diabetic vascular disease can cause the following symptoms in your feet and legs:
Diabetic vascular disease also causes serious problems like retinopathy, which can lead to blindness, and nephropathy, which is severe kidney disease.
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:
Managing your diabetes and leading a healthy lifestyle is key to treating diabetic vascular disease. You might also require:
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.