Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) Specialist

David Naar, MD -  - Board Certified Vascular Surgeon

Premier Vein Clinic

David Naar, MD

Board Certified Vascular Surgeon located in Westlake, OH

Arterial insufficiency can lead to an increased likelihood you suffer a heart attack or stroke. Board-certified vascular surgeon Dr. David Naar at Premier Vein Clinic helps patients in the Cuyahoga County of Ohio who suffer from arterial insufficiency such as peripheral artery disease through the use of medications, minimally invasive interventions,surgeries, and lifestyle changes. If you’ve experienced weakness or numbness in your legs, calf buttock or thigh pain while walking, pain during sleep, coldness in part of your body but not others, or other signs of arterial insufficiency, make an appointment with Dr. Naar today by calling the office directly or using online booking.

Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) Q & A

What are arterial insufficiency and peripheral artery disease?

Arterial insufficiency refers to any condition that restricts or stops the flow of blood in your tissue cells.

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a common type of arterial insufficiency that occurs when your arteries narrow due to accumulated plaque. PAD most commonly occurs in your legs, but can also afflict your arms and head, as well as other areas of the body.

What are symptoms of PAD?

Common symptoms of PAD include:

  • Numbness or weakness in your leg
  • Coldness in the affected foot or leg
  • Skin discoloration in the affected area
  • Cramping after certain physical activities

How is PAD diagnosed?

PAD is relatively easy to diagnose, and Dr. Naar uses various tests to diagnose it. These include:

  • A physical examination to identify symptoms
  • Blood tests to measure your cholesterol and other information
  • Ultrasound  to test blood flow in your arteries
  • Ankle-brachial index (ABI) test to compare the blood pressure in various parts of your body

How is PAD treated?

Dr. Naar treats PAD using a combination of lifestyle changes, such as losing weight and improving your diet, as well as utilizing medical treatments. He may prescribe blood pressure medication or cholesterol-lowering medication to regulate the flow of blood in your body.

As a highly skilled vascular surgeon, Dr. Naar may also turn to surgical techniques if more conservative measures fail to treat your PAD. These surgical interventions include:

  • Angioplasty: helps open the vein to improve blood flow
  • Thrombolytic therapy: dissolves clots that have formed
  • Bypass surgery: creates a way for the blood to flow around the blockage

Dr. Naar tailors your treatment based on your unique situation and specific needs.

What causes PAD?

Numerous factors increase your risk of developing PAD, including:

  • Being overweight or obese
  • Being over age 50
  • Smoking regularly
  • Having high blood pressure or cholesterol
  • A family history of arterial insufficiencies
  • Having diabetes

If you suspect you may have an arterial insufficiency like PAD, don’t wait to see Dr. Naar. Call Premier Vein Clinic or use online booking to schedule your consultation today.