Saturday, April 4, 2015

Mesotherapy and Peripheral Arterial Disease

Mesotherapy is a treatment that can increase blood flow to damaged areas of the body, which is why it can be useful for treating peripheral arterial disease.  As mesotherapy is a treatment modality that can stimulate, revitalize and correct cellular, metabolic and physiologic imbalances it can be used in conjunction with many different types of cures to reverse this condition.  Typically gentle bio-mesotherapy compounds, nutrients and medications are injected directly into the affected areas. 

Peripheral arterial disease, which is also known as PAD, is a problem to do with circulation, which reduces blood flow to the limbs. Blood flow can’t keep up with the demand for oxygen needed to feed the muscles. The result is usually leg pain when walking, known officially as intermittent claudicating.

Causes of Peripheral Arterial Disease

Technically, peripheral arterial disease refers to a problem with any of the arteries outside, or peripheral to, your heart, however the term is commonly used to describe circulatory problems in your limbs or pelvis.

It is caused by -

  • Smoking
  • Being older than age 50
  • Having diabetes
  • Being overweight
  • Having high blood pressure and
  • Having high cholesterol

The main symptom, intermittent claudication is characterized by muscle pain or cramping in your legs or arms that is provoked by a certain amount of activity, such as walking, but disappears after a few minutes of rest. The location of the pain depends on the location of the clogged or narrowed artery in the body. Calf pain is most common warning that you may developing PAD.

The severity of intermittent claudication varies widely. Pain from this condition can range from mildly bothersome to debilitating. Severe intermittent claudication can cripple some people.

Other signs and symptoms of peripheral arterial disease include cold legs or feet, leg numbness or weakness, sores on your feet and hair loss on the feet and legs. Your leg or toenails can also change colour.

If peripheral arterial disease progresses, pain may even occur when you're at rest or when you're lying down. This is called ischemic rest pain. It may be intense enough to prevent sleep or wake you from sleep.

Factors that increase your risk of developing peripheral arterial disease include:

People who smoke or have diabetes have the greatest risk of complications from PAD — such as tissue death (gangrene) in a leg due to reduced blood flow.

Yet another common cause of this condition is Periocarditis, where the sac surrounding the heart becomes infected.

Typical Treatments

Several medications are used to treat this disorder.  Cholesterol lowering medications called statins can be used to lower your risk of heart attack and stroke. You may also be prescribed high blood pressure medication and medication to control blood sugar.

Medications to prevent blood clots night also be prescribed as when blood flow is reduced to the limbs there is definitely a greater risk of developing blood clots.  A blood clot can completely block an already narrowed blood vessel and cause tissue death. This can cause gangrene and a possible amputation of the limp.

In some cases, angioplasty or surgery may be necessary to treat periocarditis arterial disease that is causing intermittent claudication.

You can often successfully treat peripheral arterial disease with exercise, with a healthy diet and, most important, by quitting smoking if you smoke. Early diagnosis and treatment are important to stop its progression.

Of perhaps greater concern is that peripheral arterial disease is likely to be a sign of widespread accumulation of fatty deposits in your arteries (atherosclerosis). This condition may be reducing blood flow to your heart and brain as well.

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