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Peripheral Arterial Disease

Afshine Ash Emrani, MD, FACC -  - Cardiologist

Los Angeles Heart Specialists

Afshine Ash Emrani, MD, FACC

Cardiologist located in Tarzana, CA

Dr. Afshine Emrani and the staff of Los Angeles Heart Specialists serve the residents of Tarzan, California as well as many other Los Angeles communities. The doctor specializes in many different aspects of cardiac care, including peripheral arterial disease.

Peripheral Arterial Disease Q & A

Los Angeles CardiologistWhat is Peripheral Arterial Disease?

Peripheral artery disease occurs when the arteries become blocked with plaque. Plaque is a combination of fats, cholesterol, calcium, and other types of debris that moves through the bloodstream. As the blood flows through the arteries that lead to the head, vital organs, and extremities, the plaque begins to stick together, depositing itself in various area of the body. As the plaque deposits become bigger, they begin to restrict blood flow. As the blood flow is reduced, the tissues receive less and less oxygen causing pain, discomfort, and numbness. Peripheral artery disease may be indicative of advanced heart disease.

How is it Treated?

The treatment of peripheral artery disease is multi-faceted. First, the lifestyle habits that cause the condition must be eliminated and replaced with healthier habits. Improving a person's diet by including more fresh fruits and vegetables is a good start. The use of blood thinners will make it easier for the blood to pass through restricted arteries. It is also important to include some form of exercise. If the plaque build up is excessive, a balloon angioplasty may be needed to help remove the blockage and restore proper blood flow. Stents may also be used to help restore blood flow to the heart and other vital organs.

How Can It Be Prevented?

Peripheral artery disease can be prevented by making better lifestyle choices early in life. Avoid cigarette smoking and the use of other types of tobacco products. Limit the amount of fatty or fried foods that you consume. Eat fresh fruits and vegetables on a daily basis. Make sure to exercise at least three or four times a week. Get a physical exam every year and have cholesterol levels checked regularly. A person should closely look at their family history to determine what types of health conditions they may be at risk for. Talk to your a about being proactive and finding ways to reduce the risk of potential heart disease.

Major Insurance Plans Accepted

We accept most major insurance plans | If you have any questions, please call our office | We are out of network for United Health Care | We do not accept Blue Shield