Surgery on Clogged Leg Arteries Can Relieve Pain Associated with Aging

Surgery on Clogged Leg Arteries Can Relieve Pain Associated with Aging

SEATTLE -- More than 10 million Americans suffer from peripheral vascular disease (PVD), a treatable condition that involves clogging of the main leg arteries with fatty plaque. About 5 percent of people over age 50 have the disease, a type of atherosclerosis of the legs.

Experts estimate only about half of those with PVD have been diagnosed because symptoms take years to develop. And many think leg pain is just a normal part of aging. However, clogging of the leg arteries also raises a red flag that the same process may be going on elsewhere, in the arteries feeding the heart, for example.

Seattle Times Medical Reporter Warren King recently wrote a comprehensive consumer-health article on PVD and its various treatment options.

William A. Gray, M.D., an interventional cardiologist and director of endovascular care for the Swedish Heart Institute -- along with one of his PVD patients -- were interviewed for this informative article.

To read the Oct. 6 article, which includes a link to a PVD fact sheet with illustrations explaining the various surgical procedures, click here.

And for more information about one of the minimally invasive treatment options mentioned in the article, click here.

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