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Your circulatory system allows blood to flow through your body and delivers oxygen to all of your muscles and organs. With so many vessels, there is a chance you may get a vascular disease caused by a blockage or complication in the system. At Frontier Medical Care LLC in the Bay Ridge neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, Farouk Marzouk, MD, provides comprehensive testing and treatment for various vascular diseases. As a result, your chances of developing heart complications are reduced. To book a consultation with Dr. Marzouk, call the clinic or use the online booking feature today. 718-504-5753

Vascular Disease Q & A

What is vascular disease?

Vascular disease is an umbrella term encompassing any condition affecting your circulatory system. This includes the arteries that carry blood away from your heart and the veins that carry blood back to it. Common conditions that are considered vascular diseases are:

  • Peripheral artery disease
  • Varicose veins
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Blood clotting disorders

Vascular diseases often come before more severe complications, like heart attacks or strokes. It’s important to report your symptoms early and keep up on preventive care measures, like yearly checkups, especially when you reach middle age.

What are some common symptoms of vascular disease?

Various vascular diseases come with many different symptoms, but there are a few signs and symptoms associated with many types of vascular disease that you should report to Dr. Marzouk if you experience them. You might notice:

  • Cramps or pain in your legs
  • Numbness in your legs
  • Skin discoloration
  • Leg and foot ulcers
  • Limb weakness
  • Enlarged varicose veins

Some of these symptoms are associated with many different conditions, so further testing may be necessary before Dr. Marzouk finds a diagnosis.

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What are my treatment options for vascular disease?

In their early stages, vascular diseases often don’t require extensive treatment. You may be able to slow their progression or reverse them entirely with more exercise, less cholesterol in your diet, and other lifestyle changes like quitting smoking. If your vascular disease requires treatment, Dr. Marzouk thoroughly assesses your symptoms and the severity of the condition first. He may use an ultrasound to view the blood flow in your vessels and identify blockages or other complications along the route. Once he knows what condition you have, he creates a treatment and management plan for you. It might include vascular treatments, such as:

  • Angioplasty with or without a stent
  • Catheter-directed thrombolytic therapy
  • Thrombolytic therapy
  • Varicose vein treatments like VenaSeal™ or VNUS Closure®

As part of your treatment for a vascular disease, Dr. Marzouk may recommend changes to your diet or the use of compression socks. Taking all of the steps that he recommends and following through with your treatment reduce your chances of having a heart attack or stroke. For more information about vascular disease or to discuss symptoms, call Frontier Medical Care LLC or book an appointment online today.

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