Disorders of the arteries - Peripheral artery occlusive disease (PAOD)
The arteries pump the blood from the heart to the various organs, such as the intestines, kidneys, muscles, skin etc. The arterial blood is rich in oxygen, which these organs need to fulfil their function. In the event of disorders to the arterial vascular system, for example due to calcium deposits, the necessary quantity of oxygen-rich blood no longer reaches its intended destination. This causes a circulation disorder. Known examples of this are peripheral artery occlusive disease and smoker’s leg. People who smoke, with high blood pressure or too high blood fat levels (e.g. cholesterol) have a high risk of developing circulatory disorders. Diabetes is also a risk factor for the development of a circulatory disorder.
What can I do to prevent peripheral artery occlusive disease?
In the event of a circulatory disorder the arteries become thinner, which in the worst case can cause a closure (vascular obliteration) of these arteries. For the affected leg this means that the patient experiences a restriction in the distance he/she can walk without feeling pain (peripheral artery occlusive disease), which in extreme cases can cause threatening nutritional disorders of the muscles and the skin of the leg. In the worst case a circulatory disorder can lead to the loss of the affected leg.
Circulatory disorders of the arteries are a chronic illness. Early diagnosis is key to start treatment early and avoid the afore-mentioned consequences. The diagnosis is done using colour ultrasound equipment (Duplex) and electronic measuring processes.
Diagnosis of circulatory disorders
The diagnostic spectrum of the specialist medical practice comprises all non-invasive procedures for examining arterial illnesses, which are mainly performed in modern vascular medicine. Non-invasive examination methods are procedures which are performed without the use of contrast agents and X-rays. These diagnostic procedures are painless and not dangerous for the patient.
- Special angiological anamnesis
- Clinical examination
- Central and peripheral blood pressure test / Ankle-brachial index (ABI)
- Directional CW Doppler sonography
- Colour Duplex sonography
Case management – The special training concept
The specialist medical practice of Dr Seiter offers its patients a special training concept for existing circulatory disorders. The doctor at our medical practice acts as a “Case manager” for the patients. The doctor coordinates the treatment methods and supports the patients through the whole process, from the initial diagnosis, through the treatment to the follow-up check. The central planning and support ensure that each patient receives the ideal treatment for them.